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PubMed Search: Esophagitis[TI] general pathology

Elliot Weisenberg, M.D.
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Cite this page: Weisenberg E. Esophagitis-general. website. Accessed October 22nd, 2021.
Definition / general
  • 5% to 11% incidence in US, although reflux symptoms in 33 - 44% of general population
  • Higher incidence in northern Iran and China
  • 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
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