Esophageal stricture happens when the esophagus narrows. It’s hard to get food down the tube that goes from the mouth to the stomach. The tube is called the esophagus.
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Scar tissue mainly causes esophageal stricture. This may happen because of:
Your chances of esophageal stricture is higher for:
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. You may have:
You may need one or more of these:
To help lower your chances of esophageal stricture:
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians
Canadian Association of Gastroenterology
The College of Family Physicians of Canada
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Last reviewed June 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daus Mahnke, MD Last Updated: 8/14/2018