About Esophagitis

Swallow Your Pride and Find Treatment

The esophagus is the tube that sends food from the mouth into the stomach. It is made up of muscles and can be damaged, making it hard to swallow without pain. When this happens and the esophagus is inflamed, it is a condition known as esophagitis. At miVIP, we offer the innovative and minimally invasive EGD procedure to diagnose and treat the issue.

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy is a procedure performed by the surgeons at miVIP. To ensure that each patient with this condition is given proper treatment, our physicians are highly trained and experienced in this innovative procedure.

Causes

Perhaps the most common cause of the condition, esophagitis, is gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). The reason for this is that GERD allows the acid from the stomach to enter the esophagus, which causes irritation. Some other common causes include:

  • Irritating medications
  • Infections due to a weak immune system
  • Scleroderma and other conditions that make it difficult to swallow
  • Food allergies

Symptoms

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, speak to your physician about an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) to diagnose and treat the condition:
  • Inability to swallow
  • No appetite
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Dry, consistent cough
  • Pain behind the breastbone when eating
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Food getting stuck in the esophagus after swallowing
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Heartburn

Treatment

The treatment that is right for your esophagitis largely depends on the causes of the condition. There are different strategies that our surgeons implement to get you back to health as soon as possible.
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy – EGD is a procedure that allows a physician to get into the esophagus to diagnose the problem. During this procedure, tissues and cells can be removed to test for additional issues.
  • Fundoplication – If other procedures do not work, a surgeon might suggest fundoplication to strengthen the sphincter, preventing acid from entering the esophagus.
  • Steroids – An oral steroid can lessen the inflammation of the esophagus, allowing it to heal more quickly. Inhaled steroids are another option that may be recommended by your doctor.
  • Medications – Medications such as esomeprazole, omeprazole, and lansoprazle may be prescribed for your condition.

Prognosis

When esophagitis is diagnosed and treated promptly, there are typically no further complications. In other situations, the function and the structure of the esophagus can change and become damaged. Some common conditions that may occur include Barrett’s Esophagus and Esophageal Rings. In severe cases, the risk of esophageal cancer is present.

To learn more about esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) and how it can benefit you, contact miVIP at 855-496-4847.

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