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About Esophagitis

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If the muscles of your esophagus become damaged, you might experience pain each time you swallow. Pain when swallowing and inflammation of the esophagus are esophagitis symptoms, which can be treated with an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) procedure by a world class surgeon here at miVIP.

The EGD procedures performed at miVIP are minimally invasive and will be done with the latest and highest regarded medical equipment and procedures. When you come to miVIP surgery centers, you can be sure that you will be back to your normal routine as quickly as possible.

Causes

One of the leading causes of esophagitis is gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). It is estimated that as many as 7 million adults in America experience symptoms of GERD. With GERD, stomach acid makes its way into the esophagus, which can lead to esophagitis symptoms and irritation. Other causes include:

  • Food allergies
  • Irritating medication
  • Weak immune system/infections
  • Conditions that make it hard for a person to swallow, such as scleroderma

Common Symptoms

The following symptoms might indicate that you need an esophagogastroduodenoscopy in order to treat your esophagitis:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Trouble swallowing or pain when swallowing
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chronic dry cough
  • Pain in the abdomen or behind your sternum when eating
  • Food becoming stuck in your esophagus

Treatment Options

Treatment for your esophagitis symptoms will most likely depend on the cause of the condition. Effective options include:

  • Medications – Examples of viable medications include lansoprazle, esomeprazole and omeprazole
  • Fundoplication – This option is used to fortify the sphincter as a way to keep acid from the esophagus
  • Steroids – Steroids can be used to control the inflammation in your esophagus so that it can properly heal itself. Besides oral steroids, you might be prescribed inhaled steroids
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy – The EGD procedure is used to make a diagnosis of the problem. This treatment option also allows a surgeon to take samples of tissues and cells that can be tested to see if there are any other issues you should be aware of

Prognosis

In most cases, once the patient’s esophagus has been treated and diagnosed as soon as possible, there are no future complications to be concerned with. There are some situations where the structure as well as the function of the patient’s esophagus can become damaged or altered. Other conditions may be detected during the procedure, including Esophageal Rings and Barrett’s Esophagus. With some of the more severe cases of esophagitis symptoms, there might be a chance of the individual contracting esophageal cancer.

Call Us Today

If your primary care physician has recommended that you get an esophagogastroduodenoscopy or if you’d like more information about the procedure, get in touch with a Las Vegas miVIP representative or surgeon by calling 877-956-2263.

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