Heartburn

Alternative Names

Pyrosis; Non-cardiac chest pain

Definition of Heartburn

Heartburn is a painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to your neck or throat.

Review

George F. Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 3/13/2010

Digestive system
Hiatal hernia - X-ray
Hiatal hernia
Gastroesophageal reflux disease

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