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A 30-year-old female asked:

would i be able to eat if my esophagus was perforated from getting it dilated. ive had chest spasms since i got it dilated 4 days ago.they are better?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Angelina Postoev md facs
General Surgery 17 years experience
Yes/no: If esophagus was perforated- you would have been in ICU or had surgery by now. Esophageal perforations are very dangerous, and if not caught early (24 hrs) outcomes are bad. Since you had dilation 4 days ago, then you probably just having spasm, or severe reflux- if I assume that the cause of strictures was reflux and not old injury. If chest pain continues I would see PCP to check heart
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Yes, but . . .: Yes, you can eat, but esophageal perforation would be extremely painful and lead to infection from food & stomach acid getting into wrong part of body. Chat w/Gastroenterologist who performed bougie.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Contact md: An esophageal perforation would be associated with extreme pain and a high mortality rate. While it is much more likely that you are having pain from the dilatation of the esophagus itself, which may involve breaking up scar tissue, I would certainly let your doctor know your symptoms and concerns immediately.

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Last updated Jan 11, 2016

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