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What causes lower esophageal sphincter relaxation failure?

What causes lower esophageal sphincter relaxation failure?

Good question: Your question is a bit confusing. If you me what causes the les not to relax, this would be a neuromuscular disease called achalasia or perhaps chagas disease. If you are asking what makes the les relax too much, leading to gerd, that would be spicy foods, caffeine, nicotine, chocolate, peppermint, alcohol, some medications, tomatoes and their sauces as well as others. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Lower Esophageal Sphincter (Definition)

The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is the last couple of inches of the esophagus where it meets the top of the stomach. This part of the esophagus (the tube from the throat to stomach) has more pressure (tightness), and keeps the stomach's material from going back up the esophagus. The LES helps prevent ...Read more


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Which medicines can fix damage caused to the lower esophageal sphincter?

Which medicines can fix damage caused to the lower esophageal sphincter?

None: There are medicines like viagra (sildenafil) which can decrease lower esophagel sphincter pressure and there are drugs that can increase GI motility, but there are no fda approved meds that raise les-lower esophageal sphincter pressure. ...Read more

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What are the Medical/Scientific ways of treating structural aberrancy of lower esophageal sphincter which causes GERD?

What are the Medical/Scientific ways of treating structural aberrancy of lower esophageal sphincter which causes GERD?

Medically-Lifestyle: & dietary changes & various Acid Blockers. There is a surgical approach that involves reducing any Hiatal herniation and surgically creating a functional valve to replace the leaky esophageal sphincter. ...Read more

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How to heal lower esophageal sphincter naturally?

How to heal lower esophageal sphincter naturally?

Generally doesn't: In general, gerd is a chronic condition that does not heal or get "cured" by medications. Depending on consultation with your family physician and referral to specialists, they will work with you to decide best course of treatment. If nothing else is done, gerd (symptomatic acid reflux) will require life long medication to alleviate/treat symptoms. Http://goo. Gl/0rrqv. ...Read more

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How to heal lower esophageal sphincter to make it tighter?

How to heal lower esophageal sphincter to make it tighter?

Surgery: It depends on exact pathology. Generally a gastric wrap (fundoplication) of some type. If a hiatal hernia is present it should be repaired at the same time. Procedure should be done by experienced minimally invasive surgeon. Http://goo. Gl/0rrqv. ...Read more

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How do certain foods eaten in gulps weaken the lower esophageal sphincter?

Not sure: I agree, and you would have just ruined the hot dog gorging contests if true. The lower esophageal sphincter is more functional than an anatomic vice, ergo hard to rupture. I am not endorsing gulping or gorging, but sphincter tome is determined more by ph, hormones, and diaphragm anatomy than swallowing. ...Read more

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What's incompetency of the lower esophageal sphincter?

What's incompetency of the lower esophageal sphincter?

Prone to reflux: The les prevents excessive reflux of the stomach contents into the esophagus. When it is incompetent, it is more likely you will develop symptoms of gerd (gastresophageal reflux disease) such as heartburn, esophagitis etc. ...Read more

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Fast eater, with foods which keep getting stuck the lower esophageal sphincter?

Fast eater, with foods which keep getting stuck the lower esophageal sphincter?

Dysphagia: "transfer dysphagia" is a problem moving the food bolus from your mouth to the top of the esophagus; "transit dysphagia" is a problem transiting the food down the esophagus. Endoscopic, x-ray, ; motility studies (modified barium swallow with speech therapist; esophageal manometry) may be helpful in identifying the point of pathology ; fixing it. Can be quite serious--so don't ignore please. ...Read more

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Is balloon dilation of the lower esophageal sphincter painful?

Could be: Dilation is a controlled tear. Some patients do experience chest pain after a dilation. Severe pain is worrisome for too large a tear or perforation of the esopaghus. ...Read more

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May I drink cayenne pepper capsules if I have a promlem with lower esophageal sphincter?

May I drink cayenne pepper capsules if I have a promlem with lower esophageal sphincter?

Not a good idea: Cayenne pepper is an irritant. If you have problems with the sphincter and the esophagus does not empty rapidly, the capsule may dissolve, releasing the pepper and causing irritation of the lower esophagus ...Read more

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Can I repair my weakened lower esophageal sphincter to normal if I undergo a healthy diet & lifestyle for long period?

Can I repair my weakened lower esophageal sphincter to normal if I undergo a healthy diet & lifestyle for long period?

Listen to your body: If you eat foods that agree with you and learn some strategies to bring the stomach below the diaphragm to help keep stomach acid in stomach and don't over fill your stomach with foods and liquids you should be free of symptoms. Going back to the habits that brought on this problem will likely bring back the problem. ...Read more

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My nephew's doctor said the junction between his esophagus and stomach is lax so he has a lax lower esophageal sphincter. What does this mean?

My nephew's doctor said the junction between his esophagus and stomach is lax so he has a lax lower esophageal sphincter. What does this mean?

Reflux: After we eat, food goes from mouth through esophagus to stomach. At lower end of esophagus, there is a bundle of circular muscle called 'lower esophageal sphincter. This closes automatically so that the stomach contents does not come back to esophagus to cause spitting up, vomiting, and ulceration of esophagus from acid mixed food of stomach. This is called gastro-esophageal reflux, ger or gerd. ...Read more

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Hypothyroid causes muscle weakness does it leads to GERD by loosening the esophageal sphincter muscle?

Maybe!: Thanks for asking b/c until I just searched, I would've thought no. While I can't find any traditional evidence linking the two, enough people have written online to various forums complaining about such a link that it can't be a coincidence. My guess is that we need to treat one's hypothyroidism aggressively & adequately enough to regain les strength. I look forward to what GI colleagues say. ...Read more

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Will a lax esophageal sphincter heal in time?

Lax LES: Try to avoid foods that can decrease LES pressure such as chocolate, coffee, tea, peppermint, fatty foods. Alcohol and tobacco can also lower LES pressure. Also avoid lying down with a full stomach. If nothing helps, there are surgical techniques that can work ...Read more

Esophagus (Definition)

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