Reviewer: Elliot Weisenberg, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 10 June 2013, last major update September 2012
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- Defined as epithelial damage and inflammation (eMedicine)
- 5% to 11% incidence in US, although reflux symptoms in 33-44% of general population
- Higher incidence in northern Iran and China
- Most common cause is gastroesophageal reflux (reflux of gastric contents into lower esophagus); infectious causes are much less common
- Histologic changes may be severe (erosion, ulcer, exudates) or subtle
End of Esophagus > Esophagitis > General
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