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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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How is barrett's esophagus typically treated?

How is barrett's esophagus typically treated?

Anti reflux Rx: Be is a complication of chronic reflux; may be painless. Cells in lower esophagus look like intestinal cells, would be ok if they weren't esoph. Cells; less resistant to chemical onslaught. Pre-cancerous. 1% of barrett's pts. May develop adeno (gland) ca of esoph. Rx with aggressive med rx, ppi twice a day, and follow up endoscopy to check for "dysplasia"-more cancer-like; can remove by scope. ...Read more

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Is there any correlation between chronic coughing and esophageal strictures?

Is there any correlation between chronic coughing and esophageal strictures?

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

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Can barrett's esophagus once discovered and treated be healed or cured? Or will it always be there

Can barrett's esophagus once discovered and treated be healed or cured? Or will it always be there

Yes: It is possible to reverse barretts if the acid irritation of esophagus is stopped. Surveillance is necessary to make sure this has occurred as failure can lead to dysplasia and cancer of the esophagus. ...Read more

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How is a torn esophagus treated?

How is a torn esophagus treated?

Emergently: In most cases a torn esophagus is an emergency (if perforated) b/c of the connection to the mediastinum where the heart and other important structures live. Concern is for bacteria or stomach contents to enter into that space and causing inflammatory reactions and infection. Thoracic and in some cases ENT surgeon would be involved in treatment. ...Read more

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How is esophageal spasm treated?

How is esophageal spasm treated?

See below: If esophageal spasms are not controlled with acid suppression alone, calcium channel blockers and nitrates are often used with varying success. ...Read more

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Can there be any correlation between chronic coughing/bronchitis and esophageal strictures?

Can there be any correlation between chronic coughing/bronchitis and esophageal strictures?

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

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Does soda irritate the esophagus? Can it cause strictures? Does soda interact with medicine if medicine is taken with soda?

Does soda irritate the esophagus? Can it cause strictures? Does soda interact with medicine if medicine is taken with soda?

Buuuuurp! Excuse Me.: You talkin' about soda soda (soda pop)?? Like Coke? ("No coke, Pepsi!!")or Barq's famous root beer?Or do you mean baking soda?Or caustic soda?You take the latter and you'll be in a world of hurt. But anything with carbonated water (water to which carbon dioxide bubbles are added)won't hurt much.It's the sugar in soda pop that should worry you (obesity, liver problems, dental caries,chronic burping ...Read more

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How is esophageal diverticulitis treated?

How is esophageal diverticulitis treated?

Diverticulitis: tge esophagus can have diverticuli but usually in one of two locations. They are both treated surgically. Diverticulitis is an infection of the diverticuli and that usually happens in the colon and not the esophagus. May need more details here ...Read more

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How is esophageal cancer treated?

How is esophageal cancer treated?

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 more

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Pain in what is thought to be his esophagus after drinking cold water since last night. How can this be treated?

Pain in what is thought to be his esophagus after drinking cold water since last night. How can this be treated?

If recurrent: may need barium swallow to confirm esophageal spasm. Treatment include avoiding cold drinks, treating GERD if present and anxiety and use of medications that relax the esophagus ...Read more

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Does esophageal rupture recur after its treated?

It can: Depends on the cause, and how well the treatment worked as well as the posttreatment healing ... ...Read more

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Could esophageal rupture reoccur after its treated?

Yes: Even after repair, if you re-create the situation which caused the rupture, it can recur. The most common cause is forceful vomiting, which can lead to a lower esophageal rupture. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Bleeding esophagus: If you are being treated and watching your diet and alcohol intake the chances are low; if it rebleeds you will either throw up blood or pass dark/black stools - and then you go back to the doctor. ...Read more

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Now having difficulty swallowing. Do you know of a correlation between chronic coughing/bronchitis and esophageal strictures?

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

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I had esophageal candidiasis, found in endoscopy. It was treated with 3 weeks on Diflucan (fluconazole). How do I know if it is gone?

I had esophageal candidiasis, found in endoscopy. It was treated with 3 weeks on Diflucan (fluconazole). How do I know if it is gone?

Esoph candidiasis: Generally this doesn't happen with a normal immune system and is usually found on endoscopy - have the symptoms that you were having resolved? Generally 2-3 weeks of Diflucan (fluconazole) will take care of the problem. The alternative would be to repeat the endoscopy. ...Read more

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Could esophageal cancer be treated 4ever with chemo & radiation?

Could esophageal cancer be treated 4ever with chemo & radiation?

4ever means?: If you mean treated successfully with a long term remission or cure, it can happen, depending on the situation. If you mean treating the cancer all the time "4ever", no. Radiation is given over 6 weeks or so. ...Read more

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I recently treated from h pylory. My endoscopic report is normal. I still feel burning or pressure like feeling in esophagus after meal specially in les in upright position and ues in lying position. I can not eat enough because of this problem. What is m

I recently treated from h pylory. My endoscopic report is normal. I still feel burning or pressure like feeling in esophagus after meal specially in les in upright position and ues in lying position. I can not eat enough because of this problem. What is m

Sounds like reflux: U can have gerd w/o h pylori. Avoid triggers like alcohol & caffeine (caffeine is in: coffee, tea, soda, chocolate.) other triggers: mint (gum, candies), citrus (ex. Orange juice, tomato sauce, etc), & in some people spicy food. If you're overweight, wt loss can help. Avoid laying down <2hrs after eating. Control stress if high stress. If these don't help talk to your doc re: other eval & tx. ...Read more

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Hello I had h pylori in 2003 was treated and have bn on and off gerd meds ever since then in 2008 was diagnosed with barrets esophagus but a second opinion wad told I dont have it. I bn scoped every year since then til 2013 and I now have esophagus spasms

Esophageal spasms: esophageal spasms can be a sign that your GERD might not be under good enough control. You may need a longer-term therapy to get them under control, even if you do not have heartburn. I would speak with your doctor about adjusting your medications for now. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the likely hood of GERD and Chronic Heart burn Causing Esophageal cancer? I lost my father to it.. and am 29.. and being treated for GERD. :(

Extremely low: Having said that, if you develop complications related to GERD, such as damage to the esophageal lining (esophagitis or ulcers), bleeding, a stricture, or something called Barrett's esophagus, you should think strongly about an endoscopic or surgical anti-reflux procedure. For now, make sure to get an upper endoscopy once you've had symptoms for about 5 years to make sure. Or sooner if problems.. ...Read more

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Doctor says he thinks I have a esophogeal spasms what exactly is this and how is it treated? Doc says he checking with gastric doc for treatments.

Doctor says he thinks I have a esophogeal spasms what exactly is this and how is it treated? Doc says he checking with gastric doc for treatments.

Muscle relaxers: Esophagus is tube that connects the mouth and throat to the stomach. Muscles can spasm when irritated. Try to find source of irritation. ...Read more

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What is the esophagus?

Tube: The esophagus is the muscular tube that connects the back of the throat to the stomach. The esophagus pushes food along similar to a snake swallowing a golf ball. There are two sphincters in the esophagus, one separating the esophagus from the back of the throat, and a lower sphincter separating the esophagus from the stomach. ...Read more

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Esophagus (Definition)

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