Overview of the Foregut & Esophageal Disorders Program
The esophagus is the muscular tube that carries
food from a person’s mouth to their stomach. The Foregut & Esophageal
Disorders Program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Digestive Disease Institute
specializes in diseases that affect the esophagus. A multidisciplinary team of
experts provides patients with comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and
treatments for a variety of esophageal problems.
What We Treat
The Foregut & Esophageal Disorders Program
at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi treats patients with a wide variety of disorders
of the esophagus, including:
- Esophageal achalasia: Damage to muscles of the esophagus that makes it difficult for food to pass into the stomach.
- Barrett's esophagus: Esophageal tissue becomes similar to the tissue found in the intestine.
- Distal esophageal spasm: Also called diffuse esophageal spasm. Contradictions of the esophagus occasionally lose coordination, making it difficult to move food down into the stomach.
- Eosinophilic esophagitis: White blood cell buildup in the esophagus.
- Esophageal motility disorders: Problems with movement of food through the esophagus.
- Esophageal strictures: Narrowing in the esophagus.
- Esophagitis: Inflammation of the esophagus.
- Gastroesophageal reflux diseases or GERD: Also called acid reflux diseases or frequent heartburn. Condition in which stomach acid backs up into esophagus frequently, irritating the esophageal lining.
- Hiatal hernia: When part of the stomach pushes up through the diaphragm.
- Non-cardiac chest pain: Chest pain that is not caused by heart disease.
- Post-surgical esophageal complications
- Swallowing problems after previous bariatric surgery
- Other swallowing-related problems
Diagnosis & Treatment
At the Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland
Clinic Abu Dhabi, our team of specialists is highly trained in a variety of
procedures for the diagnosis and therapeutic treatment of disorders of the
foregut and esophagus.
Diagnosis of Foregut and Esophageal Disorders
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is committed to
providing the highest quality of care that puts Patients First. The Foregut
& Esophageal Disorders Program features a multidisciplinary team of experts
dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of foregut and esophageal disorders,
all in the same facility.
The most common symptoms for esophageal
- Dysphagia (pain or difficulty when swallowing)
- Chest pain
After an initial consultation with a medical
specialist, patients will likely undergo a number of diagnostic tests, which
- Esophageal manometry test: A test that evaluates how well the esophagus and the lower esophageal sphincter are pushing food through to the stomach.
- pH monitoring: A test that measures the frequency and severity of acid reflux episodes over a period of 24 hours.
- Barium esophagram: An x-ray imaging test to study the esophagus. Also known as a modified barium swallow test.
- Video capsule endopscopy: A procedure that uses a tiny wireless camera to take pictures of the digestive tract.
- Endoscopic ultrasound: An imaging test that involves inserting a flexible tube through the mout that provides ultrasound images of the digestive tract.
- Breath testing: A non-invasive test that involves blowing into a handheld device that measures the amount of certain gases in the breath. High levels of certain types of gases may indicate certain conditions such as esophageal cancers.
Treatment of Foregut and Esophageal Disorders
Treatments are available for a variety of
patient conditions. Treatment options include surgery, minimally invasive
surgery, balloon dilation, medications, and recommendations for lifestyle
Foregut & Esophageal Disorders Program Caregivers
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Foregut &
Esophageal Disorders Program is run by a multidisciplinary team that includes
physicians, nurses, and medical assistants with special expertise in esophageal
disorders. The team of caregivers includes:
- Advanced endoscopists
- Thoracic surgeons specializing in minimally invasive procedures
- General surgeons specializing in minimally invasive procedures
- Otolaryngologists (Ear Nose Throat)
- Speech pathologists
- Allergy/immunology specialists
- Medical assistants
- Registered nurses
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