Esophagitis is a condition in which there is inflammation, irritation, or swelling of the esophagus.
The esophagus is the tube that leads from the back of the mouth to the stomach. It can cause painful, difficult swallowing and chest pain.
Causes of esophagitis include stomach acids backing up into the esophagus, infection, oral medications and allergies.
Treatments for esophagitis depend on the primary cause and the severity of tissue damage.
If left untreated, esophagitis can damage the mucous membrane ( lining) of the esophagus, interfere with normal function and lead to complications such as scarring, stricture and difficulty swallowing.
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