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Esophagitis (cont.)

Esophagitis Prevention

By following dietary and lifestyle recommendations such as those suggested for GERD, some types of esophagitis can be prevented.

Discuss symptoms with your physician early and start treatment promptly to prevent more severe inflammation.

Esophagitis Prognosis

In general, esophagitis caused by infection or inflammation is very treatable with mediation, dietary or behavioral modification and in some cases, surgical intervention. Most individuals recover fully, although some have chronic inflammation that is managed with long-term medical treatment.

Few patients with GERD go on to develop Barrett's esophagus.Fewer than 1% of patients withe Barrett's esophagus develop cancer. However, they are at an increased risk, and esophagus should be monitored closely by a gastroenterologist.

The outlook for patients with eosinophilic esophagitis is favorable. It is a chronic, relapsing condition, but not usually one that is life-threatening. Treatments are evolving using different immune modulators to decrease the allergy-like reactions.

Achalasia is a progressive, but treatable disorder. Close monitoring by a gastroenterologist is mandatory. A small number of individuals with achalasia may develop squamous cell cancer (carcinoma) as a result.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care


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Nonevski, T. Ilche, et al. Eosinophilic esophagitis: An increasingly recognized cause of dysphagia, food impaction, and refractory heartburn. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine September 2008 vol. 75 9 623-633. Esophagitis. Esophagitis. Barrett's Esophagitis Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/26/2016
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