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Esophageal Stenosis (Benign and Malignant): Diagnosis and Treatment at DRHC Dubai

Understanding Esophageal Stenosis

Esophageal stenosis is a condition characterized by the narrowing of the esophagus, the tube that carries food and liquids from the throat to the stomach. This narrowing can lead to difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), pain, and other complications. Esophageal stenosis can be either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

Types of Esophageal Stenosis

  1. Types of Esophageal Stenosis:
    • Causes: Chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), esophagitis, radiation therapy, surgical procedures, and ingestion of corrosive substances.
    • Symptoms: Difficulty swallowing, regurgitation of food, heartburn, chest pain, and unintended weight loss.
  2. Malignant Esophageal Stenosis:
    • Causes: Esophageal cancer, which can include squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma.
    • Symptoms: Progressive difficulty swallowing, unintentional weight loss, chest pain, hoarseness, persistent cough, and vomiting blood.

Diagnosis of Esophageal Stenosis

At DRHC Dubai, we offer advanced diagnostic services to accurately identify the cause and severity of esophageal stenosis:

  • Endoscopy: A flexible tube with a camera (endoscope) is inserted through the mouth to visually examine the esophagus and take biopsies if necessary.
  • Barium Swallow X-ray: Patients swallow a barium solution that coats the esophagus, allowing for detailed X-ray images to identify narrowing or blockages.
  • CT Scan and MRI: These imaging techniques provide detailed cross-sectional images of the esophagus and surrounding structures.
  • Biopsy: A tissue sample taken during endoscopy can be analyzed to determine if the stenosis is benign or malignant.

Treatment Options for Esophageal Stenosis

  1. Benign Esophageal Stenosis:
    • Dilation: A procedure to widen the narrowed esophagus using special balloons or dilators.
    • Medications: Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) or H2 blockers to reduce stomach acid and manage GERD, which can cause or exacerbate stenosis.
    • Esophageal Stenting: Placement of a stent to keep the esophagus open, often used for severe or recurrent cases.
    • Dietary Changes: Modifications to diet to include softer foods and avoid irritants that may worsen symptoms.
  2. Malignant Esophageal Stenosis:
    • Esophageal Stenting: A metal or plastic stent can be placed to keep the esophagus open and allow food and liquids to pass through.
    • Radiation Therapy: Targeted radiation to shrink tumors and relieve obstruction.
    • Chemotherapy: Systemic treatment to target cancer cells throughout the body.
    • Surgery: In some cases, surgical resection of the affected part of the esophagus may be necessary, followed by reconstruction.
    • Palliative Care: Focused on relieving symptoms and improving quality of life for patients with advanced cancer.

Living with Esophageal Stenosis

Managing esophageal stenosis, especially when it is malignant, involves a multidisciplinary approach. At DRHC Dubai, our team of gastroenterologists, oncologists, surgeons, and dietitians work together to provide comprehensive care tailored to each patient's needs. We focus on improving swallowing function, managing symptoms, and enhancing overall quality of life.

Why Choose DRHC Dubai for Esophageal Stenosis Care?

  • Expert Team: Our specialists have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating both benign and malignant esophageal stenosis.
  • Advanced Technology: We utilize the latest diagnostic tools and minimally invasive techniques to provide effective treatment.
  • Personalized Care: Each patient receives an individualized treatment plan based on their specific condition and needs.
  • Comprehensive Support: From diagnosis through treatment and follow-up care, we are dedicated to supporting our patients every step of the way.

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