Esophagitis is any inflammation or irritation of the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube that sends food from your throat down to your stomach.
The most common cause is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD, or GORD in Standard English). If caused by GERD, the disease is also called reflux esophagitis. • Chemical injury by alkaline or acid solutions may also cause esophagitis, and is usually seen in children, as well as in adults who attempt suicide by ingestion of caustic substances
Common signs and symptoms of esophagitis include: • Difficult swallowing • Painful swallowing • Chest pain, particularly behind the breastbone, that occurs with eating • Swallowed food becoming stuck in the esophagus (food impaction) • Heartburn • Acid regurgitation In young children, particularly those too young to explain their discomfort or pain,