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Reasons and Diagnostic Tests for Esophagus Surgery

 

Reasons for the surgery of the esophagus include:

  • Cancer of the esophagus
  • Heartburn, or gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD).
  • Problems with digestion
  • Barrett's esophagus
  • Narrowing of the esophagus or tightening of the muscles around the esophagus that makes it hard to swallow
  • Peptic ulcer


Tests for conditions of the esophagus are:

  • Upper GI (gastrointestinal) series, a group of x-rays using a barium swallow
  • X-ray with barium swallow, where the patient drinks a liquid that coats the inside of the esophagus so that it shows up better on an X-ray.
  • Endoscopy, where a doctor passes a thin tube with lights and a camera or other device to see the esophagus.
  • Biopsy, when a doctor takes a little bit of tissue to test for cancer or other conditions. If a biopsy is needed, it's done during an endoscopy.
  • CT scan, or computed tomography scan, which is a type of X-ray

 

 

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