Oesophageal stricture

Narrowing of the oesophagus that may cause pain, swallowing difficulties, weight loss, and regurgitation of food. It may be due to cancer (see oesophagus, cancer of) or, for example, persistent reflux oesophagitis. Diagnosis may include a barium swallow (see barium X-ray examinations), endoscopy, and biopsy. Usually, the narrowed area is widened by oesophageal dilatation.


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