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What is esophageal stenosis and how is it treated?

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  • ALoretta Lee, MD, Internal Medicine, answered on behalf of Johns Hopkins Medicine

    Esophageal stenosis occurs when the esophagus is so narrow, making it hard for too-large materials to travel through easily. Narrowing of the esophagus might be caused by a growth, inflammation, or scar tissue. Interestingly, your swallowing tube can be narrowed by as much as 50 percent and you might still have no trouble swallowing.

    Sometimes the object causing the narrowing, like a tumor, can be removed. If not, the doctor can discuss options, including simply breaking food into smaller pieces or pureeing it for easier swallowing.

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