Esophagitis must be differentiated from gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, acute coronary syndrome, angina pectoris, cholecystitis, biliary colic, pulmonary embolism and esophageal perforation, rupture and tears - C. Michael Gibson MS.MD
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If you're a foodie like me, you're filled with excitement at the thought of your next meal, and even this mention of yummy goodies may already have you counting down the minutes until your lunch break. Now, imagine sitting down to eat, and rather than excitement, you feel fear. You're unsure whether the next bite of food will go down smoothly, or send you to the emergency room.
Now, imagine sitting down to eat, and rather than excitement, you feel fear. You're unsure whether the next bite of food will go down smoothly, or send you to the emergency room.
By far the most common cause of esophagitis is acid reflux (also called gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD). It is a backflow of digestive acid from the stomach, resulting in a chemical burn of the esophagus.
If left untreated, esophagitis can lead to complications such as strictures, metaplasia of the esophagus , and development of malignancy.
One of the most common causes is gastroesophageal reflux, which can lead to erosive esophagitis. Other etiologies include radiation, infections, local injury caused by medications, pill esophagitis, and eosinophilic esophagitis
Generally clinical diagnosis in ED (requires EGD for conclusive diagnosis).
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