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What is an Esophageal Stricture? And how can it be treated?

Esophageal Strictures are a narrowing of the esophagus between the throat and the stomach. The tissue in the lining of the esophagus looses it's elasticity and becomes tight and inflexible. The narrowing can measure at different lengths from the throat to the stomach. Some strictures are just an inch long while other strictures may be much longer. This is an area in the esophagus that is smaller in diameter than a healthy normal esophagus diameter that allows food and drink to easily pass. Comparable to a narrowing in a garden hose with kinks which stops water from flowing.

If a person has had a narrowing for some time then the tissue can become quite inflexible referred to as esophageal stenosis. The terms stricture and stenosis are used interchangeably, however stricture is usually used in describing the narrowing feature and stenosis is usually used in describing the cell or tissue inflexibility.

Eosinophilic esophagitis is an allergic inflammatory condition of the esophagus. Esophogitis is spelled with an 'agitis". Symptoms are narrowing of the esophagus, difficulty swallowing, food impaction, and heartburn. It effects children and adults and may be attributed to food allergy. One of the treaments is food modification or eating more of certain foods than others.

Diagnosis can be made by ultrasound, upper G.I., Barium swallow, endoscopy, symptoms, MRI and digital imaging.

Esophageal perforation can be diagnosed through these same procedures. Perforation can come about through an esophagus ulcer that eats a hole in the esophagus lining as well as by mechanical accidents.

Symptoms of esophageal stricture are difficulty swallowing, tightness in the chest area, pain upon swallowing, regurgitating, feeling of choking and choking.

One medical treatment for strictures is esophageal dilation. In this procedure, the patient gargles with a numbing liqiud and then is sedated with I.V. medication. The physician then dilates the esophagus with different size surgical rubber dilators from small to larger, expanding the tissue and stretching the diameter of the esophagus back to a normal size. The dilators are shaped like a straight banana tapered at both ends.

The Good News:

The good news is that food modification has a huge impact on the tissues and cells. Check out the Home Remedy for Acid Reflux and List of Alkaline Foods.......... Acid Reflux Diet under construction.......

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