Case Study: Upper GI

Sep 1, 2023



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Mrs T is a 45 yr old female who reports frequent heartburn and regurgitation of acid into her mouth for the past 3 months. There is no change in her usual eating habits, or in her weight. She has no problem with swallowing, food getting stuck, or respiratory issues. There is no abdominal pain. She has tried taking over the counter antacids, such as calcium carbonate (Tums), with only a little relief.


Body Mass index (BMI) is 28. She is alert and well-nourished. Exam including oropharynx, neck, chest and abdomen are normal.


Gastroesophageal reflux


Answer the following questions based on the scenario and article above and save your responses in a Microsoft Word document. Provide a scholarly resource in APA format to support your answers.

Outline the path that a bolus of food would take from the mouth to the duodenum. This should include any sphincters.

Describe the digestive function of each of the areas of the upper GI tract that are mentioned in Q1.

Describe the anatomical problem that causes gastroesophageal reflux.

Research to find out the names of 2 medications that are used to treat GERD.

How do each of these medications work to relieve symptoms?

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