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I have pain in my esophagus when I swallow and

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Dr. Ratnakar Kini

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Posted on Wed, 26 Dec 2018 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: I have pain in my esophagus when I swallow and have for about 3 weeks. I had an endoscopy and CT Thorax about a year ago that only showed GERD. Could this be cancer that has developed in a year?
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Answered by Dr. Ratnakar Kini 6 hours later
Brief Answer:
Less likely to be cancer

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for posting your query.
I am Dr.R.K and I am pleased to assist you.

It is less likely to be cancer.
Painful swallowing occurs when the esophagus is inflamed or ulcerated.
You probably have esophagitis.
A repeat endoscopy may be done to see whether you have esophagitis.

Regards,
Dr.R.K.
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Follow up: Dr. Ratnakar Kini 19 hours later
Is there anything I can do to ease the pain in the mean time? What makes you think this is esophagitis rather than esophageal cancer? What other signs should I be looking for?
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Answered by Dr. Ratnakar Kini 4 hours later
Brief Answer:
The answer is given below

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Oesophagal cancer is less likely. This is because about a year ago, the oesophagus was normal as per endoscopy and one year is too short a period to develop oesophagal cancer without any preexisting lesion in the oesophagus.

Painful swallowing is a symptom which occurs when the lining of the oesophagus is inflamed or eroded. Inflamed oesophagus occurs in esophagitis.

So kindly get a repeat endoscopy done.

Meanwhile, you can take Prilosec and Gaviscon for relief.

Regards,
Dr.R.K.



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Follow up: Dr. Ratnakar Kini 55 minutes later
Thank you again. Last follow up - would esophagitis potentially also cause pain when belching and having hiccups as well? I'm worried it's something worse because of it hurting when those things happen also.
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Answered by Dr. Ratnakar Kini 4 hours later
Brief Answer:
Yes

Detailed Answer:
Yes, GERD & Esophagitis can cause those symptoms.
Regards,
Dr.R.K.
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