Reflux Laryngitis Symptoms and Signs
Reflux laryngitis is inflammation of the voice box that is caused by stomach acid backing up into the esophagus. Signs and symptoms of reflux laryngitis include:
- GERD (acid reflux)
- Chronic hoarseness
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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
- difficult and/or painful swallowing,
- feeling of food getting stuck on
the way down,
- unpleasant taste in mouth,
chest pain, and
- bad breath.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/16/2016