What is esophagitis?

Updated: May 02, 2019
  • Author: Deepika Devuni, MBBS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The common forms of esophagitis include reflux esophagitis, infectious esophagitis, pill esophagitis, eosinophilic esophagitis, and radiation and chemoradiation esophagitis. Candida esophagitis (see the image below) is the most common type of infectious esophagitis. The prognosis is good with rapid diagnosis and proper treatment; ultimately, it depends on the severity of the underlying disease. Esophagitis is commonly seen in adults and is uncommon in childhood.

Infectious esophagitis. Candida esophagitis. Doubl Infectious esophagitis. Candida esophagitis. Double-contrast esophagram shows linear plaquelike lesions in the esophagus, with normal intervening mucosa.

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