Esophageal Stricture

What is Esophageal Stricture?

An Esophageal Stricture is a narrowing of the esophagus. The condition can make it difficult to swallow food and water.

The most common symptoms of an esophageal stricture include:

  • Heartburn/GERD
  • 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:

  • X-Ray
  • Upper Endoscopy

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
    • Antacids
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