There are many conditions related to the esophagus. Take this quick quiz to discover what may be causing your discomfort.
Possible causes include: heartburn, GERD, esophagitis, Barrett’s esophagus, ulcer, stricture, Achalasia, varices, and esophageal cancer, which is very rare.
Barrett’s esophagus is a dangerous price to pay for ignoring gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In Barrett’s esophagus, normal tissue lining the esophagus has damage to the point of resembling the lining of the intestine. About 10 percent of people with symptoms of GERD develop Barrett’s esophagus.
These are veins in the esophagus that have become wider and larger due to blockage in the flow of blood to the liver and or spleen.
Depending on your case, your physician may recommend a few different procedures.
Esophageal manometry is a procedure to measure the movement or function of the esophagus. This test is performed mostly in patients with swallowing problems. While the test takes place, the lower sphincter, and the muscles of the esophagus are examined. This determines the its ability to restrict back flow of gastric acid into the esophagus. It also determines if it’s capable of pushing food down to the stomach properly.
Banding is a life-saving procedure to stop bleeding from esophageal varices. These are veins in the esophagus that have become wider and larger due to blockage in the flow of blood to the liver and or spleen.