The esophagus is a tube that carries food from the back of the throat to the stomach. An esophageal stricture is a narrowing of the esophagus that can cause trouble with swallowing and food getting stuck in the esophagus.
There are multiple causes of esophageal strictures and they can include:
Symptoms can include:
Advanced strictures can lead to
Your physician will review your medical history and a physical exam will be performed. You may be required to swallow barium during an X-ray procedure helping create an overall picture of your esophagus. An endoscopy will likely also be performed to diagnose the cause of the narrowing and possible treatment.
Most often the management approach depends on the cause of stricture. Often, your physician can perform a mechanical dilation of the esophagus to widen the stricture. Your physician may also advise a special diet of liquids or soft foods as part of the management plan. Additional measures such as Proton pump inhibitors may be recommended to reduce inflammation that may be associated with the formation of certain types of esophageal strictures.