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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. Lynne Weixel
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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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Whats incompetency of the lower esophageal sphincter?

Whats 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

Esophagus (Definition)

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