The esophagus is a muscular tube that carries food and liquids from the mouth to the stomach. If the esophagus is too narrow, swallowing problems can occur.

During an esophageal dilation, the doctor places a tube-shaped device into the esophagus to widen the narrow part. This procedure makes it easier to swallow and get proper nutrition.

Esophageal dilation is done to treat a narrowing in the esophagus, called a stricture. This happens when there is a build-up of scar tissue, which may be due to conditions like:

  • Gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Injury to the esophagus
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Congenital defects or after repair of defects of the esophagus
  • Scleroderma

Esophageal Stricture
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Esophageal dilation widens the esophagus. Some patients may need the procedure repeated within a year.