The most common symptoms of an esophageal stricture include:
- Frequent burping or hiccups
- Pain or trouble swallowing
The most common causes of esophageal stricture include:
- Acid Reflux/GERD/span>
- Diseases of the lymph nodes
- Barrett’s Esophagus
- Esophageal Cancer
- Esophagitis-inflammation of the esophagus caused by infection.
- Hiatal Hernia
- Congenital Cause
To confirm an esophageal stricture, your doctor may recommend one of several tests, including:
Treatment will depend on the cause of the stricture. Some treatment options include:
- Dilation of the Stricture – your doctor uses an instrument to gently widen the stricture.
- Antibiotics – used if the stricture is caused by esophagitis. This treats the underlying infection.
- Treatment for underlying acid reflux/GERD – this can include:
- Proton pump inhibitors
- Acid Blockers