How to Say It: Ee-sof-uh-gee-uhl
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
Esophageal stricture is a narrowing of the tube (esophagus) that goes from the mouth to the stomach. This makes it hard to take in food.
The main cause is scar tissue. This may happen because of:
Things that may raise the risk of this problem are:
Problems may be:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical may be done.
Other tests may be:
The goal of treatment is to ease symptoms and stop them from coming back. Options are:
Surgery may be needed when other methods do not help.
To lower the risk of this problem:
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians
Canadian Association of Gastroenterology
The College of Family Physicians of Canada
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Last reviewed September 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
Last Updated: 10/21/2020
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