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What Does It Mean To Have Esophageal Spasms
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
New dx of Barrett's: Barrett's esophagus is not something to play around with! barrett's epithelium occurs as a terminal event in those with chronic gerd. Barrett's patients risks cancer of the esophagus. 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
My lover has just been diagnosed with diffuse esophageal spasm. I am worried but she acts like it is not a problem. Who can tell me what it means?
DES can be bad: Des is a motility disorder of esophageal function. The muscles of the esophagus forcibly tighten, typically unpredictably, resulting in severe chest pain. Distinguish this from situational esophageal spasm, "nutcracker esophagus", & of course non-esophageal causes of chest pain. She needs her gastroenterologist's advice about rx's to minimize attacks, where to go/ what to take when pain develops. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
By definition, but..: Barrett's esophagus is a response to chronic reflux; it can be short segment or long segment. Long segment is more associated with risk for malignancy. Barrett's is uncommon response to reflux; cancer is uncommon in barrett's. Barrett's pts get closer endoscopic scrutiny/surveillance. Can get rx re: reflux (it's unsure if it really decreases risk of ca), and to remove barrett's tissue before ca. ...Read more
What does bilateral hilar lympadenopathy and mediastinal ltmphadenopathy plus esophageal thickening mean?
Go see your doctor. : You didn't give your age. Younger patients can have sarcoidosis(this is not a cancer) which can cause enlarged lymph nodes. Thickening of the wall of the esophagus could be caused by chronic inflammation like from reflux. An endoscopy(looking into the esophagus) may be needed. ...Read more
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