Esophagitis is an inflammation of the esophagus, which is the tube from the throat to the stomach, also called the “gullet”. The esophagus can be inflamed by chemicals, by infection, and by the stomach acid in reflux. Chemical esophagitis is caused by accidentally swallowing corrosive chemicals. Narrowing of the esophagus called esophageal stricture may occur as a complication. Medication esophagitis occurs if a tablet gets stuck in the esophagus. Reflux esophagitis is caused by acid reflux from the stomach, especially in the chronic form called GERD. Barrett’s esophagitis results from esophagus injury in many cases. Other types of esophagitis are more common in immunocompromised patients: candida esophagitis and herpes simplex virus esophagitis.
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- Reflux: Reflux is the regurgitation of stomach contents into the mouth (acid reflux), usually along with a particular type of epigastric
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- Esophageal Stricture: Esophageal stricture is a narrowing of the esophagus, the tube from the throat to the stomach, also called the gullet
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- GERD: GERD, or Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease, is chronic disorder of recurring episodes of reflux and heartburn. Symptoms include chronic reflux
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- Immunodeficiency: Immunodeficiency is the general medical term for very low immunity, where a person is susceptible easily to many types of
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- Inflammation: Inflammation, or an inflammatory reaction, refers to a body process involving various substances that attempt to repair damage. An inflammation
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