My father is in the hospital because he is unable to eat or hold down much of anything. He may be released as they cannot find the cause. His problem seems to be more in the esophagus than stomach or other organs, as he regurgitates within minutes of eating even a few bites. This hospital has sent him for physical rehabilitation twice, only to be sent back each time with infections. My father's symptoms started in spring 2008 and lasted for three month before going into remission until November.
In December, he had catheter ablation and a bladder stone removed. During this time he has been either in the hospital or physical rehab, growing weaker due to not being able to eat. Your article on achalasia seems to match his problem, but his hospital has never mentioned or tested for it. Is there a way to transfer him to Penn where your GI department has more resources?
The esophagus is the tube that carries food, liquids and saliva from the mouth to the stomach. There are a number of possible esophagus disorders including:
- Esophageal spasm – muscle contractions.
- Esophageal stricture – narrowing of the esophagus.
- Esophagitis – inflammation, irritation, or swelling of the esophagus.
- Achalasia– a rare disorder involving the muscular ring where the esophagus and stomach come together.
- Esophageal cancer
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Metz, please call 800-789-PENN (7366) or you can also request an appointment online.