Benign esophageal stricture is a narrowing of the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach) that causes swallowing difficulties.
Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors
Esophageal stricture can be caused by:
- Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
- Long-term use of a nasogastric (NG) tube (tube thru the nose into the stomach)
- Swallowing corrosive substances
- Infection by bacteria or a virus
- Treatment of esophageal varices
- Injuries caused by an endoscope
Pictures & Images
Schatzki ring – x-ray
A solution containing a dye (barium), which is visible on X-rays, has been swallowed (upper GI series) and X-rays have been taken of the esophagus. There is a narrowing near the stomach (indicated by the arrow). This non-cancerous ring of tissue (Shatzki’s ring) may cause swallowing problems (dysphagia) and can be treated with dilation of the stricture.
Digestive system organs
The digestive system organs in the abdominal cavity include the liver, gallbladder, stomach, small intestine and large intestine.
Review Date : 9/1/2008
Reviewed By : Linda Vorvick, MD, Seattle Site Coordinator, Lecturer, Pathophysiology, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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