Diagnosis Code S19.85XA
Information for Patients
The esophagus is the tube that carries food, liquids and saliva from your mouth to the stomach. You may not be aware of your esophagus until you swallow something too large, too hot or too cold. You may also become aware of it when something is wrong.
The most common problem with the esophagus is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It happens when a band of muscle at the end of your esophagus does not close properly. This allows stomach contents to leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus and irritate it. Over time, GERD can cause damage to the esophagus. Other problems include heartburn and cancer.
Treatment depends on the problem. Some get better with over-the-counter medicines or changes in diet. Others may need prescription medicines or surgery.
- Barrett esophagus
- Bleeding esophageal varices
- Diet and eating after esophagectomy
- EGD discharge
- Esophageal atresia
- Esophageal manometry
- Esophageal perforation
- Esophageal spasm
- Esophageal stricture - benign
- Esophagitis - infectious
- Lower esophageal ring (Schatzki)
- Mallory-Weiss tear
- Swallowing problems
- Tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal atresia repair
- Upper GI and small bowel series
Also called: Pharyngeal disorders
Your throat is a tube that carries food to your esophagus and air to your windpipe and larynx. The technical name for your throat is the pharynx.
Throat problems are common. You've probably had a sore throat. The cause is usually a viral infection, but other causes include allergies, infection with strep bacteria or the leaking of stomach acids back up into the esophagus, called GERD.
Other problems that affect the throat include
- Tonsillitis - an infection in the tonsils
- Croup - inflammation, usually in small children, which causes a barking cough
- Laryngitis - swelling of the voice box, which can cause a hoarse voice or loss of voice
Most throat problems are minor and go away on their own. Treatments, when needed, depend on the problem.
- Blockage of upper airway
- Glossopharyngeal neuralgia
- Retropharyngeal abscess
- Strep throat
- Throat swab culture
Wounds and Injuries
Also called: Traumatic injuries
An injury is damage to your body. It is a general term that refers to harm caused by accidents, falls, hits, weapons, and more. In the U.S., millions of people injure themselves every year. These injuries range from minor to life-threatening. Injuries can happen at work or play, indoors or outdoors, driving a car, or walking across the street.
Wounds are injuries that break the skin or other body tissues. They include cuts, scrapes, scratches, and punctured skin. They often happen because of an accident, but surgery, sutures, and stitches also cause wounds. Minor wounds usually aren't serious, but it is important to clean them. Serious and infected wounds may require first aid followed by a visit to your doctor. You should also seek attention if the wound is deep, you cannot close it yourself, you cannot stop the bleeding or get the dirt out, or it does not heal.
Other common types of injuries include
- Animal bites
- Electrical injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Crush injury
- Cuts and puncture wounds
- Electrical injury
- Gunshot wounds -- aftercare
- How wounds heal
- Human bites -- self-care
- Laceration - sutures or staples - at home
- Lacerations - liquid bandage
- Surgical wound care
- Surgical wound infection - treatment
- Wet to dry dressing changes
- Wound care centers