The part of the elimentary canal which connects the throat to the stomach. In humans and other vertebrates it is a muscular tube lined with mucous membrane.
Symptoms: difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) pain when you swallow (odynophagia) sore throat. hoarse voice. heartburn. acid reflux. chest pain (worse with eating) nausea.
Diagnosis: It is diagnosed through the Barium x-ray, Endoscopy and laboratory tests. Upper endoscopy . A test in which a long, flexible lighted tube, called an endoscope, is used to view the esophagus. It is treated with medications to eliminate the infection. If esophagitis is caused by acid reflux it is treated with medications to reduce or block acid production, for example, heartburn drugs. If esophagitis is due to a medical procedure the patient may need to be on acid-blocking medications for a long time.
Epidemology: The average age at diagnosis ranges between 30 and 50 years and suggests that EoE is a disease of the middle-aged man. It can affect patients of every race, but the disease is more common among Caucasians. In both children and adults, EoE has been clearly associated with allergies to food and aeroallergens, and most EoE patients present with a personal allergic background.