John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
- Facts and definition of esophagitis
- What is esophagitis?
- What are the signs and symptoms of esophagitis?
- What are the types of esophagitis?
- What causes esophagitis?
- What are the grades of esophagitis?
- Which specialties of doctors treat esophagitis?
- How is esophagitis diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for esophagitis?
- What about esophagitis and diet?
- What options are there for pain relief for esophagitis?
- What are the complications of esophagitis?
- Can esophagitis be prevented?
- What is the prognosis for a person with esophagitis?
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Facts and definition of esophagitis
- Esophagitis is defined as inflammation of the esophagus, which is the tube that connects the throat to the stomach.
- Esophagitis can be caused by infection, irritation of the esophagus, or inflammation of the lining of the esophagus.
- There are several types of esophagitis: reflux esophagitis, infectious esophagitis, Barrett's esophagus, eosinophilic esophagitis, Behçet's syndrome (also called Behçet's disease), graft-versus-host disease, and cancer esophagitis.
- Signs and symptoms of esophagitis include
- Esophagitis is treated by a gastroenterologist, a specialist in conditions of the gastrointestinal tract.
- Tests to help diagnose esophagitis include esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), esophageal manometry, and an upper GI series or barium swallow.
- Treatment for esophagitis depends on its cause. It may be treated with medications, endoscopy, stretching (dilatation) of the esophagus, surgery, and lifestyle changes.
- Diet can often help reduce symptoms of esophagitis. The GERD diet is aimed at reducing acid reflux, the main cause of esophagitis.
- Complications of esophagitis include bleeding, ulcers, chronic scarring, difficult or painful swallowing, and malnutrition. Barrett's esophagus is a complication that increases the risk of esophageal cancer.
- The prognosis for esophagitis depends on the underlying cause. Esophagitis caused by infection or inflammation is generally treatable and most people can recover fully. Esophagitis caused by reflux can recur frequently. Many people with GERD develop Barrett's esophagus, which increases the risk for cancer. The outlook for patients with eosinophilic esophagitis is favorable. It is a chronic, relapsing condition, but not usually life-threatening. Achalasia is progressive, but treatable.
What is esophagitis?
Esophagitis is a term used to describe inflammation of the esophagus, which is the tube that connects the throat to the stomach. There are several types of esophagitis depending on the cause. Esophagitis can be caused by infection, irritation of the esophagus, or inflammation of the lining of the esophagus.
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