Esophageal disease

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Esophageal disease
Head and neck. Esophagus at bottom.

Esophageal diseases can derive from congenital conditions, or they can be acquired later in life.

Many people experience a burning sensation in their chest occasionally, caused by stomach acids refluxing into the esophagus, normally called heartburn. Extended exposure to heartburn may erode the lining of the esophagus, leading potentially to Barrett's esophagus which is associated with an increased risk of adenocarcinoma most commonly found in the distal one-third of the esophagus.

Some people also experience a sensation known as globus esophagus, where it feels as if a ball is lodged in the lower part of the esophagus.

Acute esophageal necrosis-endoscopic view demonstrated progressive dusky and discolored esophageal mucosa.

The following are additional diseases and conditions that affect the esophagus:


  1. "Esophagus Disorders SECTION II: FGIDs: DIAGNOSTIC GROUPS" (PDF). The Rome Foundation. Archived (PDF) from the original on 25 August 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2017.

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