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A 34-year-old member asked:

what causes holes to tear in the esophagus?

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Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine 18 years experience
Multiple causes: This can be caused by retching(forceful vomiting), foreign bodies(bones, etc), ulcerations, cancer, etc. The most common cause is forceful retching.
Dr. Isaac Raijman
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Many causes: There are many possibilities. Anywhere from ingesting some foods, bones, pointy objects, severe vomiting, etc.
Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Rare : Esophageal perforations are not common. It can occur in the setting of excessive vomiting or retching. Also possible with a prolonged food impaction or even severe pill esophagitis.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is the esophagus?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Transports food: The esophagus is a long tube that pushes food from the throat to the stomach.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What is esophageal pH testing?

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Dr. Anthony Starpoli
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Measures reflux: Ph testing in the esophagus allows for an objective measurement of gerd or reflux events and allows for symptom correlation. There are buttons programmed on the device to associate your symptoms. When you have a symptom, you press a button and a correlation is made with a reflux event. This type of testing can be done with pH combined impedance testing that measures acid and nonacid reflux.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for an esophageal to revert after a procedure is done?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Probable: If you are talking about the esophagus reverting to normal after a fundoplication then the answer is yes. The esophagitis will heal. If you are talking about barrett's esophagitis it will also heal and the progression wil slow. One will still need serial checkups to assess the health of the esophagus.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What does it mean to have esophageal spasms?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Painful contractions: Esophageal spasm is the painful, simultaneous contraction of the musculature of the esophagus. These muscles generally contract in a peristaltic motion to move a food or liquid bolus from the mouth to the stomach. In some cases the entire esophagus can contract vigorously at the same time leading to chest pain and swallowing difficulty. The most common cause is gastroesophageal reflux (gerd).
A 36-year-old member asked:

What does esophageal mucosal thickening mean?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Usually reflux: The mucosa thickens to protect itself from stomach acid just as the sole of your foot thickens to protect itself under pressure or from a tight shoe.

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