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Esophageal Obstruction

Alternate Names : Blockage of the Esophagus

Esophageal Obstruction | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Chemical injury can be prevented by storing dangerous chemicals in a safe place. Other injury can be prevented by careful medical procedures. Nasogastric tubes should be used only as long as necessary. Acid damage to the esophagus can be prevented by treating gastroesophageal reflux disease.

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

Depending on the cause, narrowing can progress to total blockage. Narrowing that is not relieved can lead to poor malnutrition and weight loss. Total blockage can cause regurgitation of food and liquid into the lung. There, these materials can cause inflammation and breathing problems, known as aspiration pneumonia. Esophageal cancer can spread and lead to death.

What are the risks to others?

There is no risk to others.

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Author: William M. Boggs, MD
Reviewer: Eric Berlin, MD
Date Reviewed: 09/19/01

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