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Corrosive Esophagitis

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is corrosive esophagitis?

Corrosive esophagitis is damage to your esophagus from harmful substances. The damage may cause inflammation, ulcers, or scarring.

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What increases my risk for corrosive esophagitis?

What are the signs and symptoms of corrosive esophagitis?

How is corrosive esophagitis diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and other health problems. He or she may ask which pills you have taken or treatments you have received. He or she may ask if you have swallowed any harmful liquids. You may need one or more of the following:

How is corrosive esophagitis treated?

Your healthcare provider may have you stop certain medicine or treatments for a period of time. This will give your esophagus time to heal. Do not stop any treatments without talking to your provider first. You may also need the following:

What can I do to prevent corrosive esophagitis?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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