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Symptoms of Oesophagitis

The following features are indicative of Oesophagitis:
  • difficulty swallowing
  • painful swallowing
  • chest pain
  • food impaction
  • acid regurgitation
  • feeding difficulties

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Common Causes of Oesophagitis

The following are the most common causes of Oesophagitis:
  • autoimmune disorder
  • reflux esophagitis
  • eosinophilic esophagitis
  • lymphocytic esophagitis
  • gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)

Risk Factors for Oesophagitis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Oesophagitis:
  • alcohol use
  • cigarette smoking
  • surgery or radiation to the chest
  • taking medicines without drinking plenty of water
  • vomiting

Prevention of Oesophagitis

No, it is not possible to prevent Oesophagitis.
  • autoimmune disorder

Occurrence of Oesophagitis

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Oesophagitis cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Rare between 10K - 50K cases

Common Age Group

Oesophagitis can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Oesophagitis can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Oesophagitis

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Oesophagitis:
  • Barium X-ray: To identify narrowing of the esophagus
  • Endoscopy: To rule out esophageal diseases

Doctor for Diagnosis of Oesophagitis

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Oesophagitis:
  • Gastroenterologist

Complications of Oesophagitis if untreated

Yes, Oesophagitis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Oesophagitis is left untreated:
  • narrowing of the esophagus
  • tearing of the esophagus lining tissue from retching
  • esophageal cancer

Procedures for Treatment of Oesophagitis

The following procedures are used to treat Oesophagitis:
  • Surgery: To improve the condition of the esophagus

Self-care for Oesophagitis

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Oesophagitis:
  • avoid foods that may increase gastroesophageal reflux
  • use good pill taking habits
  • lose weight
  • quit smoking
  • avoid stooping or bending

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Oesophagitis

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Oesophagitis:
  • Use Herbal remedies: It includes licorice, slippery elm, chamomile, marshmallow to treat heartburn
  • Do relaxation therapies: To calm stress and anxiety
  • Acupuncture: It help people with regurgitation and heartburn

Patient Support for Treatment of Oesophagitis

The following actions may help Oesophagitis patients:
  • Family Support: Helps in coping with disease

Time for Treatment of Oesophagitis

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Oesophagitis to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 3 - 6 months

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This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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