What Is Esophageal Stricture?

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:

  • Barium swallow
  • Endoscopy
  • Dilation (stretching) of the esophagus
  • Proton pump inhibitors (acid-blocking medicines)


Keywords: esophageal stricture

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.