A 27-year-old male asked:
What would be possible reasons for tenderness to the touch in the esophagus area? in a patient who has history of acid reflux. could it be cancer?
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Surgical Oncology 65 years experience
Inflammation: Tenderness in the cervical esophagus is an area behind the larynx where the esophagus begins. The tenderness here is almost always inflammation, possibly from reflux. Carcinoma in this area is extremely rare and would not represent Ca, where the malignant process would start with swallowing difficulties.
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Last updated Oct 4, 2014
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