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Esophageal Stricture

Esophageal stricture refers to the narrowing of the esophagus, often caused by acid flowing back from the stomach (reflux). The acid scars, then narrows the esophageal lining over time. This condition can lead to Barrett's esophagus.

  • Symptoms

    Esophageal stricture symptoms include:

    • Chest pain
    • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
    • Painful swallowing
    • The feeling that an object is stuck in your throat
    • Bringing food back up (regurgitation)
    • Heartburn 
  • Diagnosis and treatment

    Esophageal stricture can tested with endoscopy, a procedure in which a thin adjustable instrument with a camera attached at the end is inserted into the patient's mouth or rectum. Dilation (widening) of the esophagus may also be performed under anesthesia.

    The experts at the UK Digestive Health Program can diagnose esophageal stricture in our state-of-the-art Endoscopy Center. Call 859-257-1000  or toll free 1-800-333-8874 for an appointment.