An esophageal stricture develops when the esophagus becomes abnormally narrow. This is a dangerous condition because food can become stuck in the narrow area and cause choking. Benign strictures (those that aren’t cancerous) often develop because of damage caused to the lining of the esophagus by stomach acid and other irritants. This damage leads to chronic inflammation and scar tissue, which causes the esophagus to narrow. Strictures may also develop after radiation treatment for cancer or surgery to treat esophageal cancer or Barrett’s esophagus.
Common signs and symptoms of esophageal stricture include:
If you are experiencing symptoms of esophageal stricture, schedule an appointment with Digestive Health Associates of Cheyenne to have a provider evaluate your condition, run tests, and discuss your treatment options.
To diagnose esophageal stricture, we may run diagnostic tests such as a barium swallow, esophageal manometry, or esophageal motility to measure the narrowing, pressure waves, and muscular strength and coordination of the esophagus. Once a diagnosis is made, if the stricture is benign, treatment may include dilation to widen the esophageal passageway. We may also give medication to reduce stomach acid production and help relax the esophageal muscles. If the stricture is malignant, we may use temporary metal stents to widen the passageway. In more severe cases, we may recommend surgery. Our highly trained and experienced physicians at Digestive Health Associates of Cheyenne are committed to providing you with the best directive and treatment options to manage esophageal stricture. Contact us today.
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