Your oesophagus is the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach, over time this can narrow.
Persistent and severe bouts of indigestion (dyspepsia) or gastroesophageal reflux can cause scarring in your oesophagus. Over time your oesophagus can narrow. This is called an oesophageal stricture.
Symptoms of oesophageal stricture may include:
- Chest pain
- Difficulty swallowing (Dysphagia)
- Food sticks in your throat
Your GP may refer you to a specialist consultant for diagnosis. A procedure called an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy will allow your consultant to view your oesophagus and access any inflammation or scarring.
Treatment for oesophageal stricture varies depending on the severity and your own situation. Your consultant will recommend treatment that is right for you.