Inflammation - esophagus
The infection or irritation may cause the esophagus to become inflamed. Ulcers may form. Symptoms may include:
Heartburn (acid reflux)
Signs and tests
The doctor may perform the following tests:
Upper GI series
(barium swallow x-ray)
Removal of a piece of tissue from the esophagus for examination ( biopsy)
Heartburn, also known as gastric reflux or indigestion, happens after you eat and food is in your stomach. In the stomach, food is broken down by acids. Usually these acids stay in your stomach because a valve blocks the acids from going up the esophagus. Sometimes this valve doesn't work properly because the muscle weakens. When this happens, gastric acids can travel up the esophagus and cause a burning sensation -- this is heartburn. When these acids travel up into the mouth and then down into the lungs, they can cause gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Symptoms of heartburn and GERD include:
irritating burning sensation in the chest or throat
middle back pain
bitter, acidic taste in the mouth
an increase in the burning sensation while lying down
Breast cancer treatments that can cause heartburn and GERD are:
Tykerb (chemical name: lapatinib), a targeted therapy
Bisphosphonates, medicines that are used to protect bones during breast cancer treat...
While April is celebrated as National Humor Month, it is also National Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month. On a serious note, esophageal cancer results in more than 15,000 deaths each year according to the National Cancer Institute. Because this type of cancer is uncommon, two faculty physicians from the Digestive Health Center at Keck Medicine of University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, and members of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), with extensive experience treating this disease review the warning signs and behavioral risks of esophageal cancer.
What is esophageal cancer?
Your esophagus is the muscular organ that moves food from your mouth to your stomach. And like many other parts of your body, it can become cancerous. There are two kinds of esophageal cancer. While squamous cell cancer is the most common esophageal cancer in the world, adenocarcinoma is the most common form of the disease in the United States. But while most cancers i...
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