Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Many years ago, Schatzki described a
smooth, benign, circumferential, and narrow ring of tissue in the lower end of
the esophagus (the food pipe that connects the mouth to the stomach). These rings
are located just above the junction of the esophagus with the stomach. These rings are
very common, occurring in more than 6% of the population. The cause of these
rings is not clearly understood, while some doctors believe they are caused by
long term damage from stomach acid
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 b"...