Wednesday, May 17, 2017

“PILL” Esophagitis.


Let's review a very common preventable condition of pill/drug induced esophagitis. 

It is occurs due to prolonged contact of the esophageal mucosa with a medication, which acts like the damaging agent.

Medications implicated in
“pill”esophagitis are :
Potassium chloride
Ferrous sulfate
Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs

Most often the offending tablet is ingested at bedtime with inadequate  water, this leads to prolonged contact  u of the drug with the esophageal mucosa leading to focal damage and esophagitis.

This causes acute discomfort followed  by progressive retrosternal pain,  odynophagia, and dysphagia.

Endoscopy reveals a focal lesion localized to one of the anatomic narrowed regions of the esophagus or an unsuspected pathologic narrowing. 

Treatment is supportive.
Antacids, topical anesthetics, bland or  liquid diets are often used.

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