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The Baylor Scott & White Center for Esophageal Diseases  is a specialized gastroenterology practice focusing on esophageal disorders at the Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas in the Baylor Scott & White system as a member of the HealthTexas Provider Network. Our center provides state of the art care with a multidisciplinary team approach at the while also conducting cutting-edge research and participating in education at local, regional and national levels. Gastroenterologists Vani Konda, MD and Stuart Spechler, MD  are experts in the following conditions:


Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or its commonly used acronym, GERD, is also referred to simply as reflux. GERD occurs when stomach contents, often acidic, flows back into your esophagus. The reflux contents irritate the lining of your esophagus and cause symptoms. A little amount of reflux is normal and expected. However, sometimes people can have excessive reflux which can be bothersome and lead to other problems. It is when people have bothersome symptoms or have complications that we may have to address GERD with a combination of lifestyle, diet, medications, and/or procedures.

VIDEO: Ask the Expert: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

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Erosive Esophagitis

Erosive Esophagitis is a condition where the irritation or damage to the lining of the esophagus is often caused by acid reflux.


Barrett's esophagus

Barrett's esophagus is a risk factor for esophageal cancer.

VIDEO:  Ask the Expert: Barrett's Esophagus - Vani J.A. Konda, MD

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Difficulty with Swallowing

Difficulty in swallowing, also known as dysphagia, is a symptom that may occur at any age. Dysphagia refers to the feeling of difficulty passing food or liquid from the mouth to the stomach. Sometimes the problem is at the level of the mouth and/or the throat or the esophagus.

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Achalasia is a serious condition that affects the esophagus. The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is a valve that closes off the esophagus from the stomach. Patients who have achalasia have to fail LES to open during swallowing, which is what is supposed to happen. This leads to a backup of food within the esophagus.

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Eosinophilic esophagitis

Eosinophilic esophagitis is an immune-mediated condition that affects the esophagus and can cause difficulty swallowing.

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Esophageal strictures and narrowing

An esophageal stricture is a narrowing of the esophagus that may cause difficulty with food passage in the esophagus.

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