Benign esophageal stricture is a narrowing of the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach) that causes swallowing difficulties.
Benign means that it is not caused by c
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Esophageal stricture can be caused by:
- Injuries caused by an
- Long-term use of a nasogastric (NG) tube (tube through the nose into the stomach)
- Swallowing substances that harm the lining of the esophagus, such as household cleaners, lye, disc batteries, or battery acid
- Treatment of
- Trouble swallowing
Pain with swallowing Unintentional weight loss
- Regurgitation of food
Signs and tests
Barium swallowshows narrowing of the esophagus Endoscopyshows narrowing of the esophagus
Dilation (stretching) of the esophagus is the preferred treatment. You may need to have this treatment repeated after a period of time to prevent the stricture from narrowing again.
Proton pump inhibitors (acid-blocking medicines) can keep a peptic stricture from returning. Surgical treatment is rarely needed.
The stricture recur in the future. This would require a repeat dilation.
Swallowing difficulties may keep you from getting enough fluids and nutrients. Solid food, especially meat, can get stuck above the stricture and endoscopy would be needed to remove it.
There is also an increased risk (with regurgitation) of having food, fluid, or vomit enter the lungs and cause choking or
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if swallowing problems do not go away.
Use safety measures to avoid swallowing corrosive substances. Keep dangerous products out of the reach of children. See your doctor if you have GERD.
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