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Cancer Of The Pharynx 

What Is Cancer Of The Pharynx? Cancer of the pharynx is a malignant growth of stratified squamous cells that line the pharynx, or throat. Q: What are stratified squamous cells that line the pharynx? A: Stratified squamous cells are thin, flat epithelial ...

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) 

What Is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)? GERD is an upper digestive disorder that is characterized by a decrease in lower esophageal sphincter pressure (LES,) which allows the abnormal reflux or backflow of stomach contents into the esophagus. It is also ...

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Glycogenic Acanthosis (Esophageal Plaques)

What Is Glycogenic Acanthosis? Glycogenic acanthosis is a benign thickening of the esophageal squamous epithelium (surface cell lining)  characterized by the presence of numerous, uniformly grey-white plaques made up of large squamous cells filled with glycogen. The wax-like plaques in ...

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Esophageal Motor Abnormalities – Food Sticks In Esophagus

What Are Esophageal Motor Abnormalities? Esophageal motor abnormalities are disorders of the esophagus involving altered muscular motility characterized by impaired esophageal peristalsis, or the progressive wave-like movement that occurs automatically when food or fluids are swallowed. Q: What is altered ...

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Dysphagia (Difficulty Swallowing)

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What Is Dysphagia? Dysphagia is a functional upper digestive disorder characterized by difficulty in swallowing or food getting stuck and swallowing that takes longer than 10 seconds to complete. Q: What determines the symptoms? A: Symptoms depend on the location ...

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Post-Cricoid Carcinoma: definition

A malignancy with early metastasis and poor prognosis arising in the hypopharynx, the region of the throat lying behind the voice box (larynx). Symptoms start out as difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) that progress to the feeling of a lump in the ...

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Plummer-Vinson Syndrome Affecting Esophagus: definition

A rare iron deficiency disorder that is characterized by a combination of postcricoid esophageal webs (upper throat area), iron deficiency anemia, dysphagia and koilonychia (nail spooning), predisposing to esophageal cancer. Click for full description.

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Cancer of the Pharynx: definition

A malignant growth of cells in the pharynx (throat) that is a major complication of celiac disease, developing as a consequence of gluten exposure and deficiencies of selenium, vitamin E and possibly, omega-3 fatty acids. Click  for full description.

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