What are esophageal strictures? An esophageal stricture is an abnormal narrowing of the esophagus, a tube-like structure that connects your throat to the stomach. This condition is fairly common and can occur at any age, although it's most common after age 40.... read more ›
An esophageal stricture is an abnormal tightening or narrowing of the esophagus. Your esophagus is a muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach, carrying food and liquid. A stricture narrows the esophagus, making it more difficult for food to travel down the tube.... continue reading ›
Esophageal swallowing changes with aging: Duration of esophageal peristalsis is prolonged and amplitude decreases (60–80 years). Esophageal contraction amplitude diminishes but function remains intact (80-90 years). Reduced frequency of secondary peristalsis.... read more ›
The most common cause of an esophageal stricture is long-standing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), where stomach acid backs up from the stomach into the esophagus and causes esophageal inflammation, which can lead to scarring and narrowing over time.... read more ›
You can strengthen your esophagus by making certain changes to your lifestyle, such as eating small meals and giving up smoking. These changes help lower your risk of having a narrowed esophagus. Other changes include avoiding foods that trigger acid reflux, such as spicy foods and citrus products.... continue reading ›
Various treatment methods can treat benign esophageal strictures effectively. However, esophageal strictures can reoccur, and people may need to have repeat dilations to reopen the esophagus. According to one source, 30 percent of people who have an esophageal dilation will require another dilation within a year.... view details ›
- Pain while swallowing (odynophagia)
- Inability to swallow.
- Sensation of food sticking in the throat or chest.
- Regurgitation (bringing food back up)
- Frequent heartburn.
- Food or stomach acid backs up into the throat.
- Unexpected weight loss.
Esophageal dilation is the most recommended esophageal stricture treatment. The doctor uses a balloon or dilator — a long cylinder made of rubber or plastic — to widen the esophagus. The doctor gives you sedatives before the procedure to relax you and may numb parts of your throat, so you don't feel pain.... see more ›
A perforation in the uppermost (neck region) part of the esophagus may heal by itself if you do not eat or drink for a period of time. In this case, you will need a stomach feeding tube or another way to get nutrients. Surgery is often needed to repair a perforation in the middle or bottom portions of the esophagus.... view details ›
Aging. Due to natural aging and normal wear and tear on the esophagus as well as a greater risk of certain conditions, such as stroke or Parkinson's disease, older adults are at higher risk of swallowing difficulties.... continue reading ›
Several factors create a high choking risk among the elderly. As people age, they naturally produce less saliva, so chewing and swallowing food becomes more difficult. Seniors may lack sufficient teeth to break down food easily or have ill-fitting dentures causing difficulties.... view details ›
Dysphagia (swallowing difficulty) is a growing health concern in our aging population. Age-related changes in swallowing physiology as well as age-related diseases are predisposing factors for dysphagia in the elderly. In the US, dysphagia affects 300,000–600,000 persons yearly.... view details ›
- difficult or painful swallowing.
- unintended weight loss.
- regurgitation of food or liquids.
- sensation of something stuck in the chest after you eat.
- frequent burping or hiccups.
- Esophageal dilation. Esophageal dilation, or stretching, is the preferred option in most cases. ...
- Esophageal stent placement. The insertion of esophageal stents can provide relief from esophageal stricture. ...
- Diet & lifestyle. ...
- Medication. ...
Endoscopic local injections and the oral administration of steroids are safe and effective for preventing esophageal strictures. In addition, several tissue engineering therapies have been used in attempts to overcome severe esophageal strictures.... view details ›
The normal esophagus measures up to 30 mm in diameter. Peptic strictures occur usually at the squamocolumnar junction and measure 1–4 cm in length. The typical patient with a peptic stricture is elderly with a long history of gastroesophageal reflux (GER).... read more ›