Esophagus
Esophagitis
General

Author: Elliot Weisenberg, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 11 January 2018, last major update September 2012

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Definition / general
Epidemiology
  • 5% to 11% incidence in US, although reflux symptoms in 33 - 44% of general population
  • Higher incidence in northern Iran and China
Etiology
  • Most common cause is gastroesophageal reflux (reflux of gastric contents into lower esophagus); infectious causes are much less common
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Histologic changes may be severe (erosion, ulcer, exudates) or subtle