What Is Esophageal Stricture?
A benign esophageal stricture is a narrowing or tightening of the esophagus (food pipe). “Benign” means that it is not caused by esophageal cancer.
- Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD).
- Eosinophilic esophagitis.
- Injuries caused by an endoscope.
- Long-term use of a nasogastric (NG) tube (tube through the nose into the stomach).
- Swallowing substances that harm the lining of the esophagus. These may include household cleaners, lye, disc batteries, or battery acid.
- Treatment of esophageal varices.
- Trouble swallowing
- Pain with swallowing
- Unintentional weight loss
- Regurgitation of food
Here are two tests to measure the narrowing of your esophagus:
- Dilation (stretching) of the esophagus
- Proton pump inhibitors (acid-blocking medicines)
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