Corrosive Esophagitis

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Corrosive esophagitis is a condition where your esophagus is damaged by harmful substances. The damage may cause inflammation, ulcers, or scarring.

CARE AGREEMENT:

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

RISKS:

During surgery, you may bleed more than expected or get an infection. Without treatment, you may continue to feel pain and have trouble swallowing food and liquids. You may not be able to eat enough, and you may lose weight and feel weak. Sometimes, food, liquids, or vomit may get in your lungs. You may choke, get an infection in your lungs, or have trouble breathing. Too much damage in your esophagus can cause bleeding that does not stop. These conditions may be life-threatening.

WHILE YOU ARE HERE:

Informed consent

is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that you may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done. Make sure all your questions are answered.

An IV

is a small tube placed in your vein that is used to give you medicine or liquids.

Nutrition:

You may need to eat bland, low-acid foods. You may also need any of the following:

  • Soft foods: You may also need to eat foods that are soft and easy to swallow. Some examples are applesauce, bananas, cooked cereal, cottage cheese, eggs, and yogurt.

  • Tube feedings: If you have trouble swallowing soft foods, you may be fed through a feeding tube. The feeding tube will be carefully inserted through your nose down into your stomach. Liquid nutrition will be put through the end of the feeding tube and will flow into your stomach.

  • TPN: TPN stands for total parenteral nutrition. It provides your body with nutrition through your IV. TPN is used when you have problems with eating or digesting food.

Medicines:

  • Antibiotics: Antibiotics help treat or prevent an infection in your esophagus.

  • Steroids: These help decrease inflammation.

  • Stomach acid medicine: These help decrease irritation from stomach acids.

  • Antiulcer medicine: These help decrease irritation from stomach acids. They may help increase the protective lining of the esophagus to help it heal.

Tests:

  • Barium swallow: This is a test where pictures of your abdomen are taken. You will need to swallow a thick liquid called barium that helps the intestines show up better on x-ray.

  • Endoscopy: This is also called an EGD. This procedure helps caregivers see the inside of your esophagus and stomach using a flexible tube with a small light and camera on the end. Caregivers may remove a small amount of tissue from your esophagus for a biopsy. Your caregiver will look for any bleeding, lumps, narrowing, scars, tears, or pill pieces.

Treatments:

  • Dilatation: This is a procedure where a small balloon, dilator, or stent is placed in your esophagus to widen it.

  • Surgery: You may need surgery to remove an area of your esophagus. It may be replaced with a portion of your stomach or colon.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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