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How do I get a esophageal dilation prcedure?

How do I get a esophageal dilation prcedure?

See a gastro: Dilation can be performed for peptic strictures, schatski rings and achalasia. There are several different types of dilators. Most often dilation is done in patients who feel like food is caught. Usually an endoscopy is performed at the same time as dilation by a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Esophageal Dilation (Definition)

It is the procedure of stretching a narrowing of the esophagus (both benign conditions like strictures, webs, rings and malignant like cancer). It can be done endoscopic ally ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: esophageal dilation?

Stretching the esoph: It is the procedure of stretching a narrowing of the esophagus (both benign conditions like strictures, webs, rings and malignant like cancer). It can be done endoscopic ally or under x-ray guidance. ...Read more

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I had esophageal dilation 3 weeks ago still feel like things are getting stuck. What could be causing this?

I had esophageal dilation 3 weeks ago still feel like things are getting stuck. What could be causing this?

See answer: Did the GI doc take biopsies of your esophagus to exclude Eosinophilic Esophagitis? If this is absent, then you may have an esophageal muscle issue (dysmotility) especially if you have issues with liquids getting stuck. Talk to your GI doc about getting a barium esophagogram or manometry test. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Could esophageal dilation with upper endoscopy cause pericarditis?

Could esophageal dilation  with upper endoscopy  cause pericarditis?

Unlikely: Based on a literature (pubmed) and google search, I could not find any cases of esophageal dilation causing percarditis. Are you having symptoms of chest pain after dilation? If you are concerned about pericarditis, you should discuss this with your doctor or go to the ER if it is severe. ...Read more

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I have an epigastric hernia. In 5 days I am scheduled to have an esophageal dilation performed. Will the dilation affect the epigastic hernia?

I have an epigastric hernia.  In 5 days I am scheduled to have an esophageal dilation performed.  Will the dilation affect the epigastic hernia?

Unlikely...: An abdominal hernia at your epigastrium is an outward bulge of the abdominal wall. The esophagus is quite a bit deeper than that. Express your concern however to the physician who is planning to dilate you, so he can plan his technique accordingly, pinpoint fyi where in your esophagus (in relation to the epigastrium) dilation will be needed, as well as review with you fully the procedure's risks. ...Read more

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I had esophageal dilation Jan 7th & have had upper burn back/chest pain since. What could it be. I'm very thin & have osteopenia. Fractured vertbrae?

I had esophageal dilation Jan 7th & have had upper burn back/chest pain since. What could it be. I'm very thin & have osteopenia. Fractured vertbrae?

Hard to say: There are multiple possibilities. It could potentially be more procedure related. It is possible that a person with osteoporosis can have a fracture from a fairly minimal event. I would not hesitate to be seen and examined, which would go a long way in determining the likely cause. ...Read more

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My mum's been getting esophagus dilation 4 times yearly sometimes more for over 35 years , is there alternatives to this?

Surgery: But if dilations are working and no complications that may be best choice. Making a diagnosis is important and was likely done years ago Esophageal reconstruction is a major surgery with known risks. Discuss with the GI or thoracic surgeon. ...Read more

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Since endoscopy with emr for barrett's with dysplasia, have had apparent esophageal spasms. 1 week s/p f/u endo c dilation. Still spasm, what now?

Since endoscopy with emr for barrett's with dysplasia, have had apparent esophageal spasms. 1 week s/p f/u endo c dilation. Still spasm, what now?

Symptoms: Nitroglycerin given under the tongue (sublingual) may be effective in an acute episode of esophageal spasm. Long-acting Nitroglycerin and calcium channel blockers are also used to treat esophageal spasms. Long-term (chronic) cases are sometimes treated with low-dose antidepressants such as trazodone or nortriptyline to reduce symptoms. ...Read more

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What to do if I hurt after esophagus dilation?

What to do if I hurt after esophagus dilation?

Patience : Make sure your doctor is aware of this problem. You may have some vague discomfort after this procedure. Need to see if it persists.. Usually these pts are taking something to block acid from irritating the esophagus. Pain should not last long. ...Read more

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Is balloon dilation of the lower esophageal sphincter painful?

Is balloon dilation of the lower esophageal sphincter painful?

Could be: Dilation is a controlled tear. Some patients do experience chest pain after a dilation. Severe pain is worrisome for too large a tear or perforation of the esopaghus. ...Read more

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My husband has to go for repeated esophageal dilatations. He feels his voice is raspy and his throat is getting narrower once again. What causes this?

My husband has to go for repeated esophageal dilatations. He feels his voice is raspy and his throat is getting narrower once again. What causes this?

Depends on the cause: You may not asked his doctor for more information , most commonly done for esophageal structure , narrowing , for spasm in upper or lower part of esophagus for diverticulum ( out pouching of mucus membrane ) some times for cancer etc. Talk to the doctor will explain to you ( need your husband permission for it ) ...Read more

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Can esophagus dilation cause costochondritis? pain in sternum/spine/ribs. I Also have peri effusion. Dr. thought pain was from that but doesn't now.

Can esophagus dilation cause costochondritis? pain in sternum/spine/ribs. I  Also have peri effusion. Dr. thought pain was from that but doesn't now.

S/p dilatation c/p: Was the effusion after the dilatation or before? You can have a tiny perforation in procedures w/ pain from that or a tear. Is there pain when you press on chest? That is usually costochonrdritis. Would call GI doc ask about perforation, check CXR, videoesophagam or CT chest w/ barium ; also f/u w/ cardiologist for effusion. Effusions &mitral valve prolapse can cause pain. Call today ...Read more

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Had Total gast for esophageal cancer at gej. 3 months later trouble swallowing. R1 resection. Could a tumour grow this quickly or more likely I need dilation?

Could be tumor: Treatment is usually RT/Chemo followed by resection lower 1/3 esoph. Frequently repeat trans esophageal ultrasound shows complete absence of any residual mucosal tumor. At times residual tumor cells only present in submucosa of remaining esoph and this is the most common cause of recurrence. This exam must be repeated along with PET/CAT ...Read more

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I have to get my esophagus dilated once a year, is there anything I can do to prevent this?

I have to get my esophagus dilated once a year, is there anything I can do to prevent this?

Depends...: Your answer depends on why you need dilation. If you have a peptic (acid-related) stricture, taking an acid-blocker will delay the need for re-stretching. Radiation-related strictures, schatzki rings, congenital rings, and esophageal dysmotilities are less (or not) responsive to acid blockade. ...Read more

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Swalowin mechanism function normal witout reflux no obstruction 2 flow barium esophagus grosly unremarkable.Trob swallown do I need dialation?

Swalowin mechanism function normal witout reflux  no obstruction 2 flow barium esophagus grosly unremarkable.Trob swallown do I need dialation?

No, need more tests: It sounds like critical narrowing ; obstruction have been ruled out by anatomic testing, but that still leaves room for error with regard to functional conditions (dysmotilities), entities like eosinophilic esophagitis, pathology extrinsic to the esophagus, ; even atypical reflux. A gastroenterologist is your best bet to pursue these possibilities. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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What are the causes of dilated esophagus and stomach?

What are the causes of dilated esophagus and stomach?

Bariatric Surgery?: The digestive tract could dilate before a point of narrowing or obstruction. If you still has the lap band that could explain that. Other possibilities could be genetic, viral infection, diabetes that could affect the nervous system in the gut. ...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?

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

Esophagus (Definition)

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