Esophageal stricture is a rare disease that occurs in the elderly. Stricture is the result of accumulation of scar tissue in the esophagus, which is often a consequence of long-term acid reflux.
Because of the spreading of this scar tissues, the passage for food is getting thicker (narrowing).
The main symptom is difficulty swallowing. If you notice this symptom, you should contact your doctor. Heartburn attacks are also possible.
What to do?
The stricture is usually treated with a dilation, i.e. with a rubber bag filled with water or elastic metal rods; the goal of this treatment is to wide the passage for food. The procedure has to be repeated every few weeks and and it is very uncomfortable for some people. In such cases, there is also the possibility of surgical removal of scarring tissue.