Definition of Esophageal stricture – benign
Benign esophageal stricture is a narrowing of the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach) that causes swallowing difficulties.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Esophageal stricture can be caused by:
Dilation (stretching) of the esophagus is the preferred treatment. This treatment often needs to be repeated after a certain period of time to prevent the stricture from narrowing again.
The patient may develop the stricture again in the future.
George F. Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 12/13/2010