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What does it mean to have esophageal spasms?

What does it mean to have esophageal spasms?

Muscle spasm: The esophagus is a tube with muscle that connects the mouth to the stomach. It moves the food toward the stomach but the muscles can contract to much in spasm if irritated. ...Read more

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Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...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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Just diagnosed with barrett esophagus does it mean I have precancerous?

Just diagnosed with barrett esophagus does it mean I have precancerous?

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

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What does tortuous esophagus means?

What does tortuous esophagus means?

Tortuous: It is when the esophagus instead of being fairly straight, has bends and turns before reaching the stomach. ...Read more

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What does esophageal mucosal thickening mean?

What does esophageal mucosal thickening mean?

Usually reflux: The mucosa thickens to protect itself from stomach acid just as the sole of your foot thickens to protect itself under pressure or from a tight shoe. ...Read more

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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 more

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What does it mean if my belly muscles are spasming?

Stress reduction: The abdominal muscles can tense up and can spasm. Stress reduction techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation can be helpful. One can learn these techniques from a therapist, a recording, a stress reduction workbook or an app. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a man has barretts esophagus?

What does it mean when a man has barretts esophagus?

Acid reflux: Chronic acid reflux can permanently damage the esophagus leading to barrets esophagus. In some patients this condition can progress to esophageal cancer. In most cases it should be surveyed by endoscopy. ...Read more

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Just diagnosed with barrett esophagus after few mos of acid reflux. Does it mean precancerous?

Just diagnosed with barrett esophagus after few mos of acid reflux. Does it mean precancerous?

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

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What does bilateral hilar lympadenopathy and mediastinal ltmphadenopathy plus esophageal thickening mean?

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