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Esophagitis (cont.)

Esophagitis Medical Treatment

  • If esophagitis is diagnosed early enough, medications and dietary or lifestyle changes are often enough to allow the body to heal.

  • If the damage from esophagitis is severe or leads to scar tissue causing difficulty swallowing, more invasive treatment may be necessary.

  • Endoscopy can be used to remove any lodged pill fragments, food or foreign bodies stuck in the esophagus. Stretching (dilatation) of the esophagus can also be done as part of the endoscopy procedure.

  • Surgery may be necessary to remove any damaged portions of the esophagus. In the case of Barrett's esophagus, where the risk of cancer is increased, surgery might be the treatment of choice.

  • Eosinophilic esophagitis is treated with gentle stretching of the esophagus (dilatation) and medications to decrease white blood cells in the lining of the esophagus.

  • Achalasia may be treated with stretching of the esophagus (dilatation) when oral medications fail to improve symptoms.
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