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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Esophageal Stricture

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

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

Narrowing/scarring: Tight narrowing/scarring generally caused by chronic inflammation; generally longer than a "stenosis". Can also occur after swallowing noxious chemicals like lye. ...Read more

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Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more


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Do people with esophageal stricture have a lot of pain?

Do people with esophageal stricture have a lot of pain?

Typically no: Esophageal stricture is basaically a narrowing of your "food-pipe" that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. Depending on the severity of the stricture, most often ones feels that food is getting stuck as he/she swallow. Mild stricture often cause "stuck-sensation" with solid, large pieces of food. As it gets tighter, smaller pieces, even liquid can cause problem. Either way, consult doc! ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with esophageal stricture?

Esophageal stricture: Strictures are very common & represent a fixed narrowing. When the esophagus is repeatedly inflammed, typically due to acid reflux, scar tissue may result. When the scar contracts, the esophagus stenoses (narrows). Strictures may also result from caustic ingestion, radiation treatments for cancer, surgical anastomoses, etc. Distinguish from dysmotilities or spasms (temporary muscle contractions). ...Read more

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Give me a hint. What kind of hassle am I facing if doc suspects esophageal stricture? What is required to diagnose?

Endoscopy: To diagnose an esophageal stricture, one would need an esophagram to characterize a potential stricture. Then an endoscopy to look at the esophagus and stomach, and biopsy any identified strictures. ...Read more

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Does esophageal stricture usually cause many symptoms?

Does esophageal stricture usually cause many symptoms?

Peptic stricture: Esophageal stenosis (narrowing) from scar tissue (strictures) is of itself not painful. However, depending upon how tightly narrowed the stricture may be, food can impact there (cause dysphagia). Usually dysphagia occurs with meats, bread. Pain on swallowing (odynophagia) may result. If you have a peptic stricture please chew food well, take small bites swallowed with water & take acid blockers. ...Read more

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How come I have esophageal stricture, but nobody else in the family has it?

Not genetic/heredita: Commonest cause is from chronic reflux of stomach contents, causing inflammation, with scarring/narrowing. May be more common with hiatal hernia, and overweight-both can aggravate reflux of stomach contents into esophagus. ...Read more

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I had an egd and an esophageal stricture dilated. I took a bite of a tortilla before remembering I had to eat soft foods only. Is this a problem?

HopeNotATortillaChip: You should know by now. If it doesn't feel stuck, if there's no pain, if you're not regurgitating what you swallow then you're OK. Best to find out what caused that stricture; that would help estimate if or when it might recur. But if any of the above symptoms develop, especially if your whole chest starts to feel on fire, get to an ER pronto for a checkup (and your check). ...Read more

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Can an esophageal stricture be in the middle of your throat like where Adams apple is?

Can an esophageal stricture be in the middle of your throat like where Adams apple is?

Swallowing problems: Esophageal strictures can occur anywhere along the length of the esophagus. They can be caused by both benign or malignant conditions. If you experience difficulty swallowing solids and liquids, have weight loss then you should see a doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Problem swallowing solid foods. Stay at the back and middle of the throat. Could this be esophageal stricture? How can I get nutrients?

Problem swallowing solid foods. Stay at the back and middle of the throat.  Could this be esophageal stricture?  How can I get nutrients?

Dysphagia needs: investigation , several causes for difficulty in swallowing ,could be benign or align ant , must see your doctor for investigation and treatment . ...Read more

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Can you suggest any alternative treatments to reduce cysts?

Can you suggest any alternative treatments to reduce cysts?

Where?: Cystic change in the breasts is very common. Of course if you have a dominant breast mass, it needs to be seen as a possible cancer. Mainstream medicine has little to offer. I've had colleagues tell me that evening primrose oil is the first herbal to try for painful / lumpy breasts. An evidence-based holist in your community may be able to offer more. ...Read more

Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more