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Describe the disorder called a tear in the food pipe (esophagus).?

Describe the disorder called a tear in the food pipe (esophagus).?

Several causes: There can be several causes for a tear. If no history of foreign instrumentation, tears can be caused by vomiting repeatedly causing trauma to the esophagus. Swallowing toxic liquids, reflux, or certain pills getting stuck can cause ulcers as well. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Ruptured Food Pipe (Definition)

I am assuming mean the esophagus which is the muscular tube which delivers food from the mouth to the stomach. It lies behind the heart and lungs along the spine. The esophagus can tear after severe episode of vomiting. Also by injury either swallowing something sharp or caustic, and by blunt force trauma occasionally. It needs emergent medical attention to ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of a ruptured food pipe?

What are the symptoms of a ruptured food pipe?

Not sure...: ...What you mean by that. Ruptures of the esophagus are uncommon, usually caused by trauma or caustic ingestion of some sort, and present as severe chest pain, much worse when eating, drinking, or breathing. They are a dire surgical emergency. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ruptured food pipe?

What is the definition or description of: ruptured food pipe?

Esophagus injury?: I am assuming mean the esophagus which is the muscular tube which delivers food from the mouth to the stomach. It lies behind the heart and lungs along the spine. The esophagus can tear after severe episode of vomiting. Also by injury either swallowing something sharp or caustic, and by blunt force trauma occasionally. It needs emergent medical attention to hopefully avoid debilitating surgery. ...Read more

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Describe the disorder called a ruptured food pipe (esophagus).?

Describe the disorder called a ruptured food pipe (esophagus).?

See below: Perforated or ruptured esophagus is not common and can be very serious in some conditions. Sometimes it can happen after an endoscopy procedure, and sometimes after marked forceful vomiting. Sometimes surgery is needed, and sometimes it is treated with antibiotics. It needs urgent medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Can not chewing well & swallowing food tear esophagus? Chest hurt when swallowing cookie. Afterwards no symptoms, but can it be torn asymptomatically?

Can not chewing well & swallowing food tear esophagus? Chest hurt when swallowing cookie. Afterwards no symptoms, but can it be torn asymptomatically?

Unlikely: A complete tear of the esophagus from normal food would be very unlikely, and you'd know it if it happened (think lots of blood and pain). Esophageal stasis is a condition where normal motility in the esophagus is decreased, leading to pain and difficulty swallowing. The swallowing of hard crunchy foods can cause superficial but painful scratches to the lining of the esophagus. ...Read more

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I am suffering heavyness in my food pipe area.

I am suffering heavyness in my food pipe area.

Need to see a doc: Heaviness at this age is most likely food indiscretion. If you have been taking alcohol, caffeine, red bull or like drinks these can cause heaviness in the food pipe also known as esophagus. Please be careful in what you are taking in and go see someone for treatment. Eliminate spicy food for now. ...Read more

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What can be the cause of pain in the food pipe?

What can be the cause of pain in the food pipe?

Esophagus pain: Pain in the esophagus can come from multiple causes, but the most common is gastroesophageal reflux. Other problems are possible also, like esophageal injury from repetitive vomiting. Please see your physician for personalized evaluation, examination, and recommendations. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How can I treat a perforated food pipe?

How can I treat a perforated food pipe?

Surgery: A true esophageal perforation most commonly requires a surgical fix. A non-full thickness laceration like you see with a Mallory Weiss "tear" is just a supportive treatment to minimize further trauma. ...Read more

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I have lot of swelling in my food pipe. How do I reduce this?

I have lot of swelling in my food pipe. How do I reduce this?

How do you know?: It would be helpful if you listed symptoms. If you have difficulty swallowing, it may be due a narrowing of the esophagus at one or more sites. It may require endoscopy to settle the issue. It would be prudent to consult your doctor as the issue does not seem suitable for this forum. ...Read more

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I usually have soreness in my food pipe?

I usually have soreness in my food pipe?

Many possibilities.: Check with your doctor. Simple to look at. Too many possibilities, so this is my best recommendation! ...Read more

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Sometimes feel mild spasm in food pipe and get palpitations. Goes away after a about 30 seconds. What would cause it?

Sometimes feel mild spasm in food pipe and get palpitations. Goes away after a about 30 seconds. What would cause it?

Hard to say: This may need a referral to look at your swallowing mechanism and a recording of your heart rhythm. The esophagus and the heart are close to each other. While waiting for a referral to GI and cardiology keep a record of any triggers and if they are associated with each other. All the best getting this figured out. ...Read more

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Food always getting stuck in my esophagus. Why?

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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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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I wanted to know is cancer in food pipe &in g. e. curable?

I wanted to know is cancer in food pipe &in g. e. curable?

Depends: Early stage cancers of the food pipe and colon are curable. ...Read more

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What food or drink will help clean the esophagus?

What food or drink will help clean the esophagus?

No cleaning required: Unlike the colon, the esophagus has a mechanism of "cleaning" itself through a process called peristalsis. In health, there should essentially no residual fluid or liquid in the esophagus after a few swallows. ...Read more

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What should I do about pain in esophagus when eat food or drink?

See you doctor.: You may need a GI evaluation. You could have acid reflux, esophagitis, hiatal hernia, stricture.... You need to be properly evaluated and tested. ...Read more

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When your trying to heal your esophagus you shouldn't eat more acids? What if your taking meds and your still hurting is it becuz of the acidic food.

Correct: Eating or drinking acid things will make the esophageal irritation worse. It may take time for the meds to work. If you are very pregnant, you probably have reflux and should stay upright as much of the time as you can (even to sleep) and take an antacid whenever you hurt as well as at bedtime or if you wake up in the night. ...Read more

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Why does top of esophagus always feel like it is being hurt by food and breathing like theiriis an irregular amount of air going through? Not chewing?

Why does top of esophagus always feel like it is being hurt by food and breathing like theiriis an irregular amount of air going through? Not chewing?

Esophagitis: You may have irritation of your esophagus from acid reflux. Try an over the counter antacid and see if your symptoms improve. If not, you need to see a gastroenterologist and let them investigate the issue. ...Read more

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What kind of diet or foods should you eat with barrets esophagus?

What kind of diet or foods should you eat with barrets esophagus?

Anti reflux diet: If you believe that barrett's is caused by acid reflux changing the lining of the esophagus, then likely the best diet to be on is a an anti reflux diet - same that you would be on if you had chronic heartburn symptoms. ...Read more

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How do we ensure that air gets to lungs and food gets to esophagus?

How do we ensure that air gets to lungs and food gets to esophagus?

Pharynx: The pharynx, the common space at the back of the mouth and throat where food and breathing take place, has reflexly operated membranes and cartilage which close the larynx (windpipe) when swallowing and prevents the wrong this from getting past. This can be consciously bypassed - but why would you want this? ...Read more

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Pain while eat food and drink big amount of water, down on th right of esophagus

Pain while eat food and drink big amount of water, down on th right of esophagus

Small bites and gulp: Agree with Dr. Pool. The pain may be due spasm of esophageal muscles. Try taking smaller bites of food and smaller gulps of liquids while drinking.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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If the esophagus is in the back, why do we feel stuck food in the front of the chest?

If the esophagus is in the back, why do we feel stuck food in the front of the chest?

Esophageal symptoms: Technically, the esophagus is a mediastinal structure that sits forward of the spinal cord and behind the airway. As such, its mid-body and not "in the back." that being said, esophageal pain can radiate to the chest or back, and shares many of the same nerve pathways of pain as does the heart. You're right in that food sticking is typically described as "in the chest.". ...Read more

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Husband was diagnosed with barrett's esophagus. Was told not to eat spicy or citrus foods. He eats ketchup on everything at every meal. Problem?

Yes: The nih have identified tomatoes, tomato products and citrus fruits as major offenders. Avoid oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes, pineapples, tomatoes, tomato sauce, salsa, chili, pizza, chocolate, garlic and onions, broccoli, coffee, alcohol. Also loose weight to a bmi of less than 28, avoid tight cloths, try eating 6 smaller meals a day. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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