What Is Tortuous Esophagus?

According to medical professionals at HealthTap, a twisted oesophagus is one that is out of place from its natural location between the mouth and the stomach. One common reason for a twisted oesophagus is a hiatal hernia.

According to Dr. Oelschlager for Gastroenterology & Hepatology, a misalignment or change in orientation of the oesophagus where it connects to the stomach at the diaphragm can also result in a convoluted oesophagus.

The oesophagus in a healthy person is a straight pipe. As a result, an oesophagus that is convoluted and causes the pipe to twist, flex, and narrow may be excruciatingly uncomfortable, according to HealthTap.

According to HealthTap, a twisted oesophagus is frequently present in older patients who do not have a hiatal hernia but is as common in those who do. According to HealthTap and MedlinePlus, this type of hernia results from the protrusion of a piece of the stomach into the chest cavity through a gap or weak spot in the diaphragm. It can also result in gastroesophageal reflux disease.

According to the Division of General Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, a convoluted oesophagus might obstruct other surgical procedures like a partial fundoplication, which ordinarily follows a laparoscopic Heller myotomy, a surgery where the esophageal muscle is severed.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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