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what's a simple way to say what esophageal stricture really is?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Narrowing/scarring: Tight narrowing/scarring generally caused by chronic inflammation; generally longer than a "stenosis". Can also occur after swallowing noxious chemicals like lye.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Narrowing: A narrowing in the esophagus, possibly from acids due to reflux, less commonly cancers, can narrow or partially block the esophagus. Some strictures or narrowings can be dilated or stretched open.
Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Esophageal stricture: The esophagus is a relatively simple tubular structure connecting the throat to the stomach. On occasion, a narrowed area will occur in the esophagus, resulting in an interruption in the normal swallowing mechanism. This may result in dysphasia – or difficulty swallowing. Passage of food or liquid may be impaired through the esophagus with a sensation of fullness in the chest.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
typo- dysphagia refers to food or dri.k getting stuck going down, dyphasia refers go garbled or dificilt speech
Jul 21, 2014

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