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How can I tell whether I have esophagitis or esophageal cancer

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Cooke
22 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Biopsy: Biopsy during fiberoptic endoscopy is the cold standard to distinguish between esophagitis and esophageal cancer.
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Dr. Steven Guyton
46 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Esophagoscopy: Esophagitis can be symptomatic or silent, esophageal cancer rarely causes symptoms until it is bulky enough to cause swallowing problems. Esophagosc ... Read More

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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
56 years experience General Surgery
Yes: Barrett, s esophagus and esophagitis are significant risks. In others with hiatal hernia, or strictures with the reflux and irritation can be follow ... Read More
Dr. Daniel Wiener
20 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Possibly, unlikely: Esophagitis is common. Esophageal cancer, while it is on the rise, is relatively uncommon. There is a type of esophagitis called "barrett's esophag ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michaele Enghardt
50 years experience Pathology
Low likelyhood: The period of time is probably too short to develop even premalignant conditions in the epithelium of the esophagus. However, if you have symptoms tha ... Read More
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Dr. Nathaniel Evans III
19 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Unlikely: It is very unlikely for a person to develop esophageal cancer in 8 months. It is possible (but very rare) for an egd to miss a very small cancer. ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Achong
18 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
It is possible: This is possible. Consult your doctor for further advice.
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Frey
12 years experience Internal Medicine
No cancer risk: Eosinophilic esophagitis has no known association esophageal cancer.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
56 years experience General Surgery
Cachexia: Cannot eat weight loss cachexia saliva overflow aspiration weakness pain miserable I am sorry to say.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Munshower
30 years experience Family Medicine
Biopsy: You would need to see a GI dr. And get an endoscopy with biopsy.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Fink
39 years experience Family Medicine
You might not know: Having severe gerd symptoms for many years can cause an increased risk of esophageal cancer from the long-term effects of stomach acid. If over-the-c ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
43 years experience General Surgery
Probably not, but: By age, unless there is some family or ethnic history( eg. You were not born and raised in wi), highly improbable. But you should have it evaluated. ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Gulley
26 years experience Hematology and Oncology
It depends: Esophageal cancer can be cured if it is caught early. The prognosis depends largely on the stage of disease. Lower stage disease which is more locali ... Read More
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