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I can't burp. I've been unable to do so for 41 years. There are an awful lot of others on the forum here that are in the same position, seemingly without any explanation or solution. Is this a known condition and is anyone researching it? Many thanks.

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replied January 23rd, 2010
Digestive and Bowel Disorders Answer A9437
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
The causes of the symptoms in your case may include GERD or an esophageal motility problem. The LES(lower esophageal sphincter) is a valve that prevents stomach contents from going back into the esophagus. A malfunction of the LES can lead to symptoms in your case due to increased tone of the LES or inability of the LES to relax sufficiently during swallowing. Visualization including an upper endoscopy or an esophageal motility study may help in determining what is causing the symptoms.

You may want your symptoms to be evaluated by your gastroenterologist. Followup with your physician is essential.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasize a final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is just to provide medical information and that no treatment suggested above be taken without a face-to-face consultation with a health care professional.

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