Esophagitis is inflammation of the esophagus from any cause. It usually results in symptoms of heartburn and sometimes painful or difficult swallowing. Esophagitis usually is caused by acid splashing back into the esophagus from the stomach (GERD), but can also be caused by fungus, medications, viruses or drinking toxins like lye or Draino. The diagnosis is made with upper endoscopy, which can also look for Barrett's Esophagus. Biopsies can point to the cause of the esophagitis, if not clear from the appearance. Sometimes severe damage can lead to narrowing which can be dilated with rubber tubes or balloons at the time of endoscopy. Usually a patient is given powerful acid blocking medications to speed healing, but this depends on the cause of the damage.

Digestive Health Tips From Our Staff

Increasing your daily water intake is one of the easiest ways to improve your digestive health. Water helps dissolve substances in the GI tract to allow for a smoother passage.


Dr. Powell states he chose to practice Gastroenterology, “to treat a wide scope of different problems and afflictions and using modern treatment to help these patients feel better.”