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The Stomach Emoji

The diagnosis of stomach pain encompasses pathologies from mild gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) to high acuity diseases such as gastric ulcers, cancer, and volvulus. In that vein, as of 2015, the direct economic impact of GERD was approximately $18 billion, and indirect costs estimated to be  $75 billion. If left untreated or undertreated, GERD can progress to gastric or esophageal carcinoma. Though the stomach is often considered a simple muscular sac for digestion, it has a very broad and physiologically important role in the body. The introduction of a new emoji character showcasing the anatomy of the stomach represents an opportunity to open conversation in regard to the complex physiology and anatomy of the stomach.

American Gastroenterological Association

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

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