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windchase168 10-19-2002 04:42 PM

esophagus cancer?
Lately I have discomfort during swallowing. So I have a barium swallow (X-ray upper GI series) done this week. And the report comes out like this:


Preliminary film of the abdomen demonstrates no specific abnormality, Contrast material swallowed without apparent difficulty. In the upright position, there is mild spasm distal esophagus. In the recumbent position, some reflux could be seen fluoroscopically. I cannot define hiatus hernia with certainty but distal 2 or 3 cm of the esophagus do not open as well as average and region is probably mildly narrowed. I see no ulcerations. No gastric ulterations or filling defects. Normal appearing duodenal bulb. Proximal small bowel unremarkable.


Intermittent gastroesophageal reflux with some spasm and probably mild narrowing of the distal esophagus. Only equivocal small hiatus hernia. No other significant abnormality.

Is there anything to be concerned about? I am very annoyed by the 'narrowing of the distal esophagus'. Sounds like something very serious. Is it cancer-related? Thank you.

Lindarella 10-19-2002 09:22 PM

No, it's not cancer related. Cancer is something you can see. It could be a genetic abnormality. Sometimes we're just born to have our bodies behave in certain ways. Good that you went to the doctor to get it checked out. Glad it's nothing serious. Good luck to you.

Mmcginty 10-19-2002 11:00 PM

It does not necessarily mean the narrowing is cancer related. It sounds like you might just have an esophageal stricture that needs dilating. You need to fing you a good Gi doc.

Hope all is well,

Dan&cheryl 10-20-2002 08:03 AM

Hi, when you say discomfort do you mean it feels like there is a lump in your throat? If so, that could mean stress or as we used to call it nerves. Try some diazapam as a start if your Dr. will give it. I even went to an E.N.&T. guy with no luck. When I told my Gyn. he knew I had 2 teenaged daughters...lump gone.

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