Regurgitation Overview

Regurgitation is the symptom of emitting undigested food from the mouth. It is similar to, but not quite the same symptom as vomiting, reflux, etc.

Regurgitation is common and usually normal for a baby. Occasional regurgitation by a child or adult is not necessarily any disorder. But abnormal regurgitation is possible and there are a number of disorders that do cause regurgitation as a symptom: swallowing disorders (dysphagia), esophagus disorders, gastrointestinal blockage, gastric motility disorders, and other causes.

Nasal regurgitation is another type where food exits from the nose. There are various causes of nasal regurgitation ranging from oral structural abnormalities to neuromuscular diseases.

Other Types of Regurgitation: Note that “regurgitation” may also refer to “heart valve regurgitation”, which is a valve that does not close properly, allowing blood to flow the wrong way: mitral regurgitation, aortic regurgitation, tricuspid regurgitation, etc.

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