Esophageal Strictures/Dysfunction

An esophageal stricture is the narrowing of the esophagus, the passageway between the throat and the stomach. This can occur when you are exposed to stomach acid, harsh chemicals or other irritants that injure the esophageal lining and cause inflammation and the formation of scar tissue.
Illustration of Esophageal structure


Symptoms of this condition include swallowing difficulty, regurgitation of foods and liquids, weight loss, dehydration and a cough.

Treating esophageal stricture

To treat this condition, your doctor may widen your stricture through mechanical dilation, prescribe acid-blocking medications or in severe cases remove the affected portion of the esophagus with a segment of the large intestine.

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