Schatzki's Ring - Treatment

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What treatment is for Schatzki Ring?

Management of these rings involves procedures that will stretch or fracture these rings, thus allowing freer passage of solid food. Stretching or fracturing can be performed with endoscopes or tapered dilators inserted through the mouth, also by deflated balloons that are placed across the ring and are then blown up. Open surgery is hardly ever necessary to handle these rings.

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Comment from: Swann, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 15

I was diagnosed with Schatzki's ring three years ago. I had a terrifying choking episode in a restaurant while on vacation in Italy (pasta). My mother and grandmother also had this. I never ever had symptoms of heartburn, but after an endoscopy, the doctor put me on Prilosec and it really helps. I'm concerned that it may interfere with calcium absorption, but if I go even a few days without it, the choking begins again. The last time I tried to stop taking it, I almost wound up in the emergency room. It was very frightening.

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Comment from: Noonie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

About 15 years ago I started having problems with food getting stuck in my throat. Often the only way to resolve the problem was to make myself throw up. The doctor did a barium test and found nothing. About 5 years ago, while discussing pre-colonoscopy questionnaire with my specialist, the choking issue was discussed and the doctor said that it was probably a ring of scar tissue causing the problem. Sometime after that, while talking to my homeopathic doctor, I was told to swallow a spoon of manuka honey to help me when I had an attack. It works like a charm! I have used ordinary honey and even a Tic-tac. It relaxes my throat and the problem goes away. Today, at an appointment with my specialist after an endoscopic procedure, I was told that I have a hiatal hernia and a Schatzki's ring. I was shown a photo of my ring. If I take some honey or a Tic-tac as soon as the hiccups start, I can prevent my throat from closing. It happens more often if I am in a hurry, stressed, or not enjoying my food, but it also seems to happen for no apparent reason. I remember my grandmother had the same problem.

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