The esophagus is a hollow, fibromuscular tube that passes solid food and liquid food from the throat to the stomach. The muscles of the esophagus propel the food particles down to the stomach and hence form a vital part of the human digestive system.

Common Diseases and Conditions of the Esophagus

Acid Reflux – It occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter opens when it is not supposed to. This, in turn, allows the acid and digestive juices of the stomach to flow back from the stomach into the esophagus resulting in inflammation and heartburn.

GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease – It is a more severe form of acid reflux in which stomach acid continuously flows back into the esophagus resulting in other problems other than heartburn, such as hoarseness, chest pain, bad breath, and trouble in swallowing. It feels like there is a lump in the back of the throat, and over time the condition can cause damage to the esophagus.

Esophageal Diverticulum – An esophageal diverticulum happens to be a pouch that bulges outward in a weak section of the lining of the esophagus creating difficulty in swallowing food caused by obstruction of the diverticulum.

Achalasia – It is a rare disorder of the lower esophageal sphincter that does not open when it is supposed to. This results in preventing the food from getting into the stomach.

Esophagitis – It is a condition where there is irritation and inflammation of the lining of the esophagus caused by infection, acid reflux, vomiting, certain medications or radiation treatment.

Esophageal Varices – These are referred to as the large or swollen veins on the lining of the esophagus and can prove to be dangerous if they break open and bleed.

Barrett’s Esophagus – It refers to the change in the tissue lining the lower esophagus, usually caused by chronic GERD and can lead to the risk of getting esophageal cancer.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis - It occurs when there is a build-up of certain eosinophils or white blood cells in the esophagus, which is usually caused by certain food allergies.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Dr. Vivek Tank carries out different diagnostic tests to identify the disease or condition and crafts a treatment plan accordingly.

Here are a few diagnostic tests carried out by the doctor.

  • Endoscopy
  • Biopsy
  • Fluoroscopy or Barium Swallow
  • Esophageal pH Test
  • Manometry

The following treatments are offered to the patients depending on their condition.

  • Use of specific medications
  • Dilatation or widening of the sphincter
  • Surgeries such as laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery, esophagectomy, LINX device implantation, etc.

Why Dr. Vivek Tank ?

Dr. Vivek Tank is one of the most trusted and reputed endoscopic surgeon catering to the varied needs of patients in the best possible manner. The doctor offers top-notch treatment at an affordable cost to make sure that money is never a hindrance to getting quality treatment. Here are a few reasons why Dr. Vivek Tank stands out in the field of gastroenterology.

  • More than a decade of experience
  • Adequately trained and certified
  • Accurate diagnosis
  • Superior treatment facilities
  • State-of-the-art infrastructure
  • Use of modern tools and technologies
  • Top-notch patient care
  • 100 % patient satisfaction

Book an appointment with Dr. Vivek Tank at the earliest to get well sooner!