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Esophageal Strictures Treated
Yes: Gastrointestinal /esophageal conditions such as esophageal strictures and esophagitis/gastritis stimulate the vagus nerve and parasympathetic system. This stimulation can cause bronchospasm and bronchial secretions which leads to cough. Best to treat esophageal /gastric conditions in addition to treating and diagnosing other respiratory causes of the cough. ...Read more
If you regurgitate : It has become increasing common to evaluated esophageal diseases when evaluating a cough or bronchitis. Any esophageal obstruction such as a stricture (or a cancer or achalasia) to cause regurgitation of esophageal contents and then aspiration into the trachea which will cause immediate coughing and if persistent even bronchitis. ...Read more
Depends on stage: There are 4 stages of esophageal cancer (with a and b subtypes for some). For stage i and iia, the upfront therapy is surgery or esophagectomy. For stage iib or iii, treatment is chemoradiation followed by surgery, or definitive chemoradiation. For stage iv, the treatment is chemotherapy, + /- radiation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Now having difficulty swallowing. Do you know of a correlation between chronic coughing/bronchitis and esophageal strictures?
Possibly...: Esophageal strictures could lead to aspiration which in turn could lead to cough either directly or related to bronchospasm. Gastroesophageal reflux disease causes bronchospasm and thus can also lead to chronic cough. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. If you smoke, smoking cessation is also needed. ...Read more
I have an esophageal ulcer and am gettin treated. How do I know if it starts bleeding? It's near the end of the esophagus.
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