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Esophagitis in New Jersey

The Digestive Health & Nutrition Center has two convenient locations in Lawrenceville and Princeton, New Jersey where you can receive the exceptional care you deserve. Angela Merlo, M.D. is an experienced Gastroenterologist and expert in the diagnosis and treatment of the many different forms esophagitis affecting adults and children.

What is Esophagitis?

The esophagus is the narrow tube that connects mouth to stomach. The esophagus provides the motility to push swallowed foods and liquids into the stomach and prevents stomach contents from refluxing up. Esophagitis is the medical term for inflammation of the esophagus. Symptoms of esophagitis include chest pain, pain on swallowing or difficulty swallowing.

What Causes Esophagitis?

There are many causes of esophagitis. The most common causes are:

  • Acid reflux
  • Food allergies (eosinophilic esophagitis)
  • Medication induced either by
    • Systemic effects such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications
    • Direct injury to the lining after prolonged contact such as potassium supplements or certain antibiotics
  • Radiation induced following cancer treatment
  • Caustic burns after poison ingestion
  • Infections from viruses or Candida

What are the Symptoms of Esophagitis?

The most common symptoms of esophagitis are:

  • Pain beneath the sternum
  • Difficulty swallowing or food impaction
  • Pain on swallowing
  • Heartburn

The different forms of esophagitis share common symptoms so the correct diagnosis is crucial for the right treatment and cure.

How is Esophagitis Diagnosed?

Dr. Merlo has expertise in the wide array of different forms of esophagitis. She will first listen to your symptoms and take a detailed history that will help guide her investigation. Upper endoscopy is the most commonly performed procedure for the most accurate diagnosis.  Other tests for more comprehensive evaluation of acid reflux include esophageal manometry to evaluate your swallowing function and pH monitoring.

If you are experiencing symptoms of esophagitis, contact the Digestive Health & Nutrition Center in Lawrenceville or Princeton New Jersey today for an appointment with Dr. Merlo and trust you will receive the exceptional care you deserve.