The Mayo Clinic says it is seeing more and more cases of gastroesophageal reflux disease, a chronic condition in which the small intestines swell and block the small intestine.
“We’re seeing more cases and more people are having to have surgery to correct the problem,” Dr. Robert M. Brown, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Gastroenterology, told the Associated Press.
“It’s very frustrating.”
Brown said more people should seek medical care if they think they may have the condition.
The Mayo clinic has recorded more than 10,000 cases of the condition since 2009.
The symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating and gas, among other symptoms.
The condition is most often found in older adults, people with weakened immune systems, and people who are obese.
People who have other health problems, including chronic pain, asthma, heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure, also are more likely to develop the condition, the Mayo clinic said.
People with the disease can develop symptoms for a short period of time, Brown said.
“They can have a very brief period of diarrhea, which is actually pretty mild.
But as time goes on, they can develop the symptoms of an esophagus infection.”
People who have symptoms should seek care immediately, Brown added.