Which diseases or disorders affect the esophagus?
The most common problem with the esophagus is GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).
Over time, GERD can cause damage to the esophagus.
Other problems include heartburn, cancer, and eosinophilic esophagitis.
What are symptoms of esophagus problems?
Symptoms of esophagitis include:
- difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
- pain when you swallow (odynophagia)
- sore throat.
- hoarse voice.
- acid reflux.
- chest pain (worse with eating)
What’s between the esophagus and stomach?
The lower esophageal sphincter, or gastroesophageal sphincter, surrounds the lower part of the esophagus at the junction between the esophagus and the stomach. It is also called the cardiac sphincter or cardioesophageal sphincter, named from the adjacent part of the stomach, the cardia.
What were your first symptoms of esophageal cancer?
Esophageal Cancer: Symptoms and Signs
- Difficulty and pain with swallowing, particularly when eating meat, bread, or raw vegetables.
- Pressure or burning in the chest.
- Indigestion or heartburn.
- Frequent choking on food.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Coughing or hoarseness.
- Pain behind the breastbone or in the throat.