Esophageal Stricture: Overview

Esophageal stricture is a narrowing of the esophagus, the tube from the throat to the stomach, also called the gullet. Esophageal stricture’s narrowing may be caused by scar tissue forming in the esophagus, such as from esophagitis or Barrett’s esophagus. Symptoms include difficulty swallowing, regurgitation, weight loss and painful swallowing. The underlying cause may be chemical esophagitis, reflux esophagitis (Barrett’s esophagus), or peptic ulcer disease.

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