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Esophagitis

Esophagitis (or oesophagitis) is inflammation of the esophagus. It may be acute or chronic. Acute esophagitis can be catarrhal or phlegmonous, whereas chronic esophagitis may be hypertrophic or atrophic.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with esophagitis, 66% report having sharp chest pain, 53% report having sharp abdominal pain, and 50% report having vomiting. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of esophagitis are difficulty in swallowing and heartburn, although you may still have esophagitis without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with esophagitis often receive hematologic tests, complete blood count, plain x-ray, electrocardiogram, intravenous fluid replacement, glucose measurement, electrolytes panel and kidney function tests .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with esophagitis include omeprazole, pantoprazole, lansoprazole (prevacid), midazolam (versed), aluminum hydroxide / magnesium hydroxide, sucralfate (carafate), simethicone (degas), benzocaine topical, atropine / hyoscyamine / phenobarbital / scopolamine, propofol, rabeprazole (aciphex), benzocaine/butamben/tetracaine topical and glucagon .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for esophagitis include .

Age

< 1 years
1.0x
1-4 years
0.6x
5-14 years
0.6x
15-29 years
1.0x
30-44 years
0.9x
45-59 years
1.2x
60-74 years
1.2x
75+ years
1.2x

Sex

Male
0.9x
Female
1.0x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.1x
Hispanic
0.9x
White
1.0x
Other
0.5x
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