Penn Medicine Center for Esophageal and Swallowing Disorders
The Penn Medicine Center for Esophageal and Swallowing Disorders offers a coordinated, comprehensive approach to treat esophageal disorders, including:
- Achalasia: A disorder affecting the ability of the esophagus to move food into the stomach.
- Barrett's esophagus: A disorder in which the lining of the esophagus is damaged by stomach acid.
- Eosinophilic esophagitis: An allergic inflammatory disease comprised of elevated eosinophils in the esophagus despite acid blocking treatments.
- Esophageal cancer: Though relatively uncommon in the United States, esophageal cancer occurs when there is a malignant tumor in the esophagus — the tube that carries food to the stomach.
- Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD): A condition that occurs when a muscle at the end of the esophagus does not close properly, allowing stomach contents to leak back — or reflux — into the esophagus and irritate it.
- Hoarseness: Difficulty producing sound to speak or a change in the pitch or quality of the vocal chords — usually caused by inflammation of the larynx, but sometimes indicating a more serious problem.
Millions of Americans complain of heartburn and acid reflux, or have difficulty swallowing. These mouth, throat or esophagus problems may be caused by:
- Malfunctioning of physical structures.
- Damage to the nerves or muscles coordinating swallowing.
- Physical obstruction.
Left untreated, esophageal and swallowing disorders can lead to serious problems. Early diagnosis and intervention are very important.
The multidisciplinary team at Penn includes:
- Gastrointestinal surgeons
- Thoracic surgeons
- Lung specialists
- Swallowing therapists
- Ear, nose, and throat specialists
Some esophageal disorders can be precancerous conditions. The Penn Medicine Center for Esophageal Disorders works closely with the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania to provide a seamless continuum of care for patients.
- Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
Fourth Level, Suite 4-370S
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
- Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
51 N. 39th Street
Wright-Saunders Building, Suite 218
Philadelphia, PA 19104
- Penn Medicine Radnor
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA 19087
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