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Corrosive esophagitis is damage to your esophagus from harmful substances. The damage may cause inflammation, ulcers, or scarring.
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You may need to eat bland, low-acid foods. You may also need any of the following:
- You may 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 may be used if you have trouble swallowing soft foods. 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.
- Total parenteral nutrition (TPN) may be used if you have problems digesting food. TPN provides your body with nutrition through your IV.
- Antibiotics help treat or prevent a bacterial infection in your esophagus.
- Steroids help decrease inflammation.
- Stomach acid medicine helps decrease irritation from stomach acids.
- Antiulcer medicine helps decrease irritation from stomach acids. They may help increase the protective lining of the esophagus to help it heal.
- A barium swallow is used to take pictures of your abdomen. You will need to swallow a thick liquid called barium that helps the intestines show up better on x-ray.
- Endoscopy is a procedure used to see the inside of your esophagus and stomach. A flexible tube with a small light and camera on the end are used. Your healthcare provider will look for any bleeding, lumps, narrowing, scars, tears, or pill pieces. He or she may take a small amount of tissue from your esophagus to be tested.
- Dilatation is a procedure to place a small balloon, dilator, or stent in your esophagus to widen it.
- Surgery may be needed to remove an area of your esophagus. It may be replaced with a portion of your stomach or colon.
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.
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