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Esophagus (Overview)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food passes after you eat.


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My lower esophagus has formed into a s shape why?

My lower esophagus has formed into a s shape why?

Do U have Achalasia: Achalasia is defined by absent peristalsis in the esophagus & incomplete relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter (les). It may be a "primary" esophageal motility disorder, or "secondary" to cancers invading the les (pseudoachalasia), chagas disease from reduviid bug bites, amyloidosis, sarcoidosis, eosinophilic infiltration. Similar motor abnormalities can be seen with diabetes & ciip. ...Read more

Esophagus (Overview)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food passes after you eat.


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What is the esophagus?

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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What is barrett's esophagus?

What is barrett's esophagus?

Precancerous entity: Barrett's esophagus occurs when metaplastic columnar epithelium (that predisposes to cancer development) replaces the normal tissue of the esophagus. ...Read more

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What causes esophagus spasms??

What causes esophagus spasms??

Be sure of diagnosis: Difficulty swallowing ("dysphagia") can be distinguished as a "transfer" problem (difficulty moving food from mouth to top of esophagus), "transit" problem (difficulty moving food down the esophagus), "spasm", gerd (due to sphincter problems), or obstructive (webs, rings, strictures, ulcer, tumor). Best to see a gastroenterologist (gi doctor) for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Are esophagus spasms dangerous?

Are esophagus spasms dangerous?

Highly inconvenient: Not life threatening but could indicate significant underlying reflux ...Read more

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Where does the esophagus start?

Where does the esophagus start?

Esophagus: The upper esophagus starts around the area at the bottom of the neck where the 2 collar bones meet. ...Read more

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How do you clean out your esophagus?

Esophagus: The esophagus cleans itself out and does not need any help to do so. It usually only takes a few minutes for food to traverse the esophagus. It is generally empty most of the time. If you're having any problems clearing food from your esophagus, see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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I feel something stuck in esophagus?

I feel something stuck in esophagus?

Eating: Sometimes ingested items not fully chewed can get stuck in esophagus. Chicken and fish bones sometimes leave sensation because of scratch in esophagus or pharynx leave stuck sensation. Narrowings (stenoses) of esophagus from surgery, reflux esophagitis, hernia and congenital abnormalities can cause holdup of materials. ...Read more

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How do we take care of our esophagus?

Limit reflux: Mrandy,

To best take care of the esophagus, you need to limit acid refluxing from the stomach. First, avoid smoking and alcohol. Second, limit caffeine. None is best, 1-2 servings per day is ok. Third, if you have heartburn or acid reflux symptoms, visit your doctor and get on a H2 blocker (like pepcid) or a PPI (like prilosec), and your esophagus should last a lifetime. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What to do if my esophagus is damaged?

See your doc: It is unclear of how you think this has happened but need to see a physician for the diagnosis. Need either an upper endoscopy or x-rays called an UGI to reveal further what is going on. Eliminate for now any alcohol or caffeine until this is evaluated. ...Read more

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What is exactly is barrett's esophagus?

What is exactly is barrett's esophagus?

Metaplastic change: Dr edmison is correct. The clinical importance is that this metaplastic change increasing one's risk for esophageal carcinoma. ...Read more

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What can I eat when my esophagus hurts?

Acid reflux: If your chest is hurting from acid reflux, you need to avoid foods that seem to make it worse. Typical offenders are tomatoes, onions, citrus, Mint, chocolate, alcohol, and tobacco. However, you will know what is the worst for yourself. Take over-the-counter antacids, but if this does not help after a few weeks, see your gastroenterologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why does acid back up into the esophagus?

Why does acid back up into the esophagus?

Weak sphincter: The sphincter between the esophagus and stomach can become weak or ineffective, causing acid to back up or reflux into the esophagus from the stomach. ...Read more

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What are the sunrooms of a bad esophagus?

What are the sunrooms of a bad esophagus?

Metaphor?: Before mis-answering your question, did you mean "sunrooms" or "symptoms" please? ...Read more

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What causes my esophagus to be restricted?

Narrowed esophagus: There are various disorders that can cause narrowed esophagus. The can range from benign (secondary to reflux or prior radiation or ingestion of caustic substance) to malignant (cancerous) the narrowing can also be caused by extrinsic (something pushing from outside) compression to esophagus. The best test to diagnose this is either esophagram or endoscopy. With endoscopy you can diagnose & treat. ...Read more

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What causes holes to tear in the esophagus?

What causes holes to tear in the esophagus?

Rare: Esophageal perforations are not common. It can occur in the setting of excessive vomiting or retching. Also possible with a prolonged food impaction or even severe pill esophagitis. ...Read more

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What are the tests for barrett's esophagus?

Endoscopy: An endoscopy and biopsy is needed to assess the barrett's and decide if there are precancerous cells that require more aggressive therapy. ...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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What are the symptoms of barrett's esophagus?

What are the symptoms of barrett's esophagus?

Heartburn or none: Patient with heartburn tend to have barrett's more commonly but a good portion of patients with barretts are asymptomatic. ...Read more

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What can I do for a really painful esophagus?

What can I do for a really painful esophagus?

Depends: Depends on cause and how it is triggered and/or exacerbated. Acid reflux pain/"heart burn" can cause pain, esophageal spasm can cause pain.... And many other things can cause pain in the chest beyond just the esophagus. Most importantly, someone should discuss symptoms and history with their family physician to get appropriate evaluation, referral and accurate diagnosis to guide treatment. ...Read more

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Describe the features of barrett's esophagus.?

Describe the features of barrett's esophagus.?

Change in lining: Barrett's esophagus is when there is irritation to the area between the esophagus and stomach, causing the cells there to change from one form to another. The reason this is important is because the changed cells have a relatively high (compared to normal people) chance to progress to cancer. You would need endoscopy to find and treat this condition. ...Read more

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Food always getting stuck in my esophagus. Why?

See your doctor: Food always getting stuck in the esophagus can be caused by narrowing of the esophagus (scarring, tumor, congenital, etc) or from diminished saliva production. Best to see your doctor to find out the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for a herniated esophagus?

I think you are...: Referring to a zenker's diverticulum. This occurs when the lining of the esophagus herniated between constrictor muscles of the throat reducing a sack that extends into the neck. The symptoms usually consist of a fullness in the neck or throat after eating with a regurgitation of chewed foods that relieves the fullness symptoms. This is caused by the food filling the sack. ...Read more

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What symptoms make you think of barrett's esophagus?

Don't wait for sxs: Barrett's epithelium occurs as a terminal event in those with chronic gerd, but gerd symptoms may be mild or absent. Don't wait to feel sick since barrett's leads to esophagus cancer. Poorly treated barrett's can progress by replacing more & more of the esophagus lining, & can become dysplastic. Barrett's warrants surveillance endoscopy, aggressive acid suppression, & maybe ablation &/or surgery. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: esophagus?

Food pipe: This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food passes after you eat. ...Read more

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Can food be up in your esophagus if you eat too much?

Can food be up in your esophagus if you eat too much?

Yes: Food can reflux into your esophagus if you eat too much. The stomach acid can lower the pressure of the valve between the stomach and esophagus and food can reflux into the esophagus. Portion control is important if you feel this is happening. Smaller meals would be helpful. ...Read more

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When a man has barrett's esophagus, what does it mean?

When a man has barrett's esophagus, what does it mean?

Gastric reflux: Man or woman, barrett's esophagus results from damage to the lining of the esophagus due to backing up of stomach acid and enzymes. It often causes heartburn and may lead to ulceration, bleeding, scarring and with time may be cancer. Initial treatment is usually with antacids, but surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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Would it be possible to have a hole in your esophagus?

Esophageal ulcer: A person can develop an ulcer of the esophagus from gastroesophageal reflux, ingesting a corrosive substance. Ulcers can perforate. ...Read more

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Can a special diets reduce barrett's esophagus symptoms?

Can a special diets reduce barrett's esophagus symptoms?

Sort of: Batretts esophagus is an asymptomatic disease caused by reflux. Barretts in itself may reduce reflux symptoms a bit but is a precancerous condition. Dietary modifications which help reflux symptoms include eating smaller meals, avoiding late meals, avoid caffeine, nicotine, peppermint, chocolate, spicy foods, tomatoes and tomato sauce. ...Read more