What are the workup and treatment indications for strictures in gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

Updated: May 23, 2019
  • Author: Marco G Patti, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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As a rule, the presence of any esophageal stricture is an indication that the patient needs surgical consultation and treatment (usually surgical consultation). When patients present with dysphagia, barium esophagography is indicated to evaluate for possible stricture formation. In these cases, especially when associated with food impaction, eosinophilic esophagitis must be ruled out prior to attempting any mechanical dilatation of the narrowed esophageal region.


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