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Old 11-17-2004, 06:46 PM   #1
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Question Erythema

I just had an endoscopy done and they found erythema in the gastroesophageal junction compatible with esophagitis. What does that mean????

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Re: Erythema

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I just had an endoscopy done and they found erythema in the gastroesophageal junction compatible with esophagitis. What does that mean????
The esophageal junction is the junction between the stomach and lower esophagus.
The term erythema simply means "redness", but when it is used to describe the esophagus it often means that some inflammatory process, such as GERD, is causing the redness.

In your case, the phrase you posted describes what the doctor found in this area. Since the GE junction is the part of the esophagus closest to the stomach, it's the first to be exposed to the acid reflux that occurs in GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease...the new millenium term for heartburn!)
You're doctor will no doubt start or re-evaluate treatment for GERD for you, and you should do fine.

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Old 11-20-2004, 12:47 AM   #3
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Thank-you so much for the info, anyone else have any insight??

 
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