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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is esophagitis?

Esophagitis is inflammation or irritation of the lining of the esophagus.

Digestive Tract

What causes esophagitis?

The most common cause is acid reflux. Reflux means stomach acid backs up into your esophagus. The following can also cause esophagitis:

What are the signs and symptoms of esophagitis?

Signs and symptoms depend on the cause:

How is esophagitis diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and when they started. Tell him or her if anything makes your symptoms worse or better. You may need any of the following:

How is esophagitis treated?

The goal of treatment is to help the lining of your esophagus heal and to prevent serious complications. Treatment will depend on what is causing your esophagitis. Symptoms caused by a toxic object such as a button battery need immediate treatment. Less severe causes may not need treatment. You may need any of the following if symptoms continue or get worse:

What can I do to manage or prevent esophagitis?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) for any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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