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A 25-year-old male asked:

which is more common, adenocarcinoma or scc in lower third of esophagus?

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Hematology and Oncology 37 years experience
See below: Adenocarcinoma is generally more common in the lower esophagus, squamous cell in the upper esophagus.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What are the side effects of treatment for cancer of the esophagus?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Multiple : Major side effects of surgery- healing problems, eating problems (small frequent portions, dumping syndrome), pain control. For chemotherapy- commonly nausea/vomitting, low blood counts, weight loss, diarrhea, mouth sores, infections. For radiotherapy- commonly fatigue, heartburn, skin reactions, esophageal sores, low blood counts.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

How are esophageal strictures treated?

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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Endoscopy: Esophageal strictures are a common complication of acid reflux. These can frequently be treated by stretching open the scar tissue during endoscopy. Frequently patients are also placed on acid suppression with medications such as omeprazole.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How is esophageal spasm treated?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
See below: If esophageal spasms are not controlled with acid suppression alone, calcium channel blockers and nitrates are often used with varying success.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What causes lower esophageal sphincter relaxation failure?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Good question: Your question is a bit confusing. If you me what causes the les not to relax, this would be a neuromuscular disease called achalasia or perhaps chagas disease. If you are asking what makes the les relax too much, leading to gerd, that would be spicy foods, caffeine, nicotine, chocolate, peppermint, alcohol, some medications, tomatoes and their sauces as well as others.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What's the role of the esophagus in the digestive tract?

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Dr. Fernando Austin
Gastroenterology 46 years experience
Esophagus: The esophagus transports liquids and food from the back of the throat(pharynx) to the stomach.

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