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Esophageal Dilation Complications
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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