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Heartburn

Heartburn or pyrosis is a painful or burning sensation in the esophagus, just below the breastbone caused by regurgitation of gastric acid.

The pain often rises in the chest and may radiate to the neck or throat.

Heartburn is also identified as one of the causes of asthma and chronic cough.

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