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's esophagus
- Bleeding esophageal varices
- Diet and eating after esophagectomy
- Esophageal atresia
- Esophageal manometry
- Esophageal perforation
- Esophageal spasm
- Esophageal stricture - benign
- Esophagectomy - discharge
- 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: Artificial feeding, Artificial hydration and nutrition, Hyperalimentation, Parenteral nutrition, TPN, Tube feeding
Nutritional support is therapy for people who cannot get enough nourishment by eating or drinking. You may need it if you
- Can't swallow
- Have problems with your appetite
- Are severely malnourished
- Can't absorb nutrients through your digestive system
You receive nutritional support through a needle or catheter placed in your vein or with a feeding tube, which goes into your stomach.
- Central venous catheter - dressing change
- Central venous catheter - flushing
- Central venous catheters - ports
- Enteral nutrition - child - managing problems
- Feeding tube - infants
- Gastrostomy feeding tube
- Gastrostomy feeding tube - pump
- Jejunostomy feeding tube
- Nasogastric feeding tube
- Peripherally inserted central catheter
- Peripherally inserted central catheter - dressing change
- Peripherally inserted central catheter - insertion
- Total parenteral nutrition
- Total parenteral nutrition - infants
The ICD-9 and ICD-10 GEMs are used to facilitate linking between the diagnosis codes in ICD-9-CM and the new ICD-10-CM code set. The GEMs are the raw material from which providers, health information vendors and payers can derive specific applied mappings to meet their needs.
Index of Diseases and Injuries Definitions
- And - The word "and" should be interpreted to mean either "and" or "or" when it appears in a title.
- NOS "Not otherwise specified" - This abbreviation is the equivalent of unspecified.