esophagitis

What is esophagitis?


Left untreated, esophagitis can lead to changes in the structure and function of the esophagus. Possible complications include: Narrowing of the esophagus (esophageal stricture); Rings of abnormal tissue in the lining of the esophagus (esophageal rings); Barrett's esophagus, a condition in which the cells lining the esophagus are changed a condition that's a risk factor for esophageal cancer

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Also known as inflammation - esophagus, Esophagitides
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Esophagitis

Esophagitis is a general term for any inflammation, irritation, or swelling of the esophagus, the tube that leads from the back of the mouth to the stomach. See also: Esophagitis Candida Esophagitis CMV Esophagitis herpes

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Esophagitis

Esophagitis is inflammation that damages tissues of the esophagus, the muscular tube that delivers food from your mouth to your stomach.

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Esophagitis symptoms, warning signs and treatment information on ...

Mar 11, 2011 ... Esophagitis symptoms include difficult and painful swallowing, heartburn, mouth sores feeling of something stuck in the throat, nausea and ...

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Esophagitis

Esophagitis is an inflammation of the lining of the esophagus, the tube that connects the throat to the stomach. If left untreated, this condition can ...

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Esophagitis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Esophagitis (or oesophagitis) is inflammation of the esophagus. It may be acute or chronic. The acute esophagitis can be catarrhal or phlegmonous, ...

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Esophagitis: eMedicine Emergency Medicine

Feb 2, 2009 ... Overview: Esophagitis is a common medical condition usually caused by gastroesophageal reflux. Less frequent causes of esophagitis include ...

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Understanding Esophagitis

Mar 1, 2010 ... WebMD looks at the causes and treatments of esophagitis, an inflammation of the esophagus.

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Erosive Esophagitis - Inflammation of the Esophagus - Esophagitis

Nov 17, 2010 ... Esophagitis is a term used to indicate any inflammation, swelling, or irritation of the esophagus.

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Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Eosinophilic esophagitis is a form of food allergy that causes severe heartburn symptoms, nausea, vomiting, weight loss and food impaction.

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Esophagitis definition - Medical Dictionary definitions of popular ...

Mar 12, 2011 ... A Good place to start, Our Esophagitis Main Article provides a comprehensive look at the who, what, when and how of Esophagitis ...

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Contents

Causes
Esophagitis is generally categorized by the conditions that cause it. In some cases, more than one factor may be causing esophagitis.

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Exams and Tests
The doctor may perform the following tests: Endoscopy ; Upper GI x-ray with barium ; Biopsy

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Lifestyle and home remedies
Depending on the type of esophagitis you have, you may lessen symptoms or avoid recurring problems by following these steps: Avoid food allergens. Read food labels carefully to avoid food to which you have an allergy. Be careful when eating out. Ask about what ingredients are in a dish and how they're prepared.; Avoid foods that may increase reflux. Avoid foods that you know worsen your symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux. These may include alcohol, caffeine, citrus fruits, tomatoes and spicy foods.; Use good pill-taking habits. Always take a pill with plenty of water. Don't lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking a pill.; Lose weight. Talk to your doctor about an appropriate diet...

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Medical advice
Call your health care provider if you have symptoms of esophagitis.

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Outlook (Prognosis)
The disorders that cause esophagitis usually respond to treatment.

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Possible Complications
If untreated, esophagitis may cause severe discomfort, swallowing difficulty to the extent of causing malnutrition or dehydration, and eventual scarring of the esophagus. This scarring may lead to a stricture of the esophagus, and food or medications may not be able to pass through to the stomach.

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Preparing for your appointment
If you're experiencing severe chest pain that lasts more than a few minutes or if you suspect you have food lodged in your esophagus, get emergency medical care. If you have other signs or symptoms of esophagitis, you'll likely start by seeing your primary care doctor. For some diagnostic tests, your doctor may refer you to a specialist in digestive system disorders (gastroenterologist) or an allergy specialist (allergist). Preparing for your appointment with your doctor or a specialist will help you make the best use of your time.

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Risk factors
Risk factors for esophagitis vary depending on the different causes of the disorder.

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Symptoms
Common signs and symptoms of esophagitis include: Difficult swallowing (dysphagia); Painful swallowing (odynophagia); Chest pain, particularly behind the breastbone, that occurs with eating; Swallowed food becoming stuck in the esophagus (food impaction); Nausea; Vomiting; Stomach pain; Regurgitation of saliva (water brash); Decreased appetite

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Tests and diagnosis
Your doctor or specialist will likely make a diagnosis based on your answer to questions, a physical exam, and one or more tests. These tests may include: Diagnose a bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic infection; Determine the concentration of eosinophils, allergy-related white blood cells; Identify abnormal cells that would indicate esophageal cancer or precancerous changes

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Treatments and drugs
Interventions for esophagitis are intended to lessen symptoms, manage complications and treat underlying causes of the disorder. Treatment strategies vary primarily based on the cause of the disorder.

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