Fast Five Quiz: Esophagitis

B.S. Anand, MD


July 14, 2020

The most common cause of esophagitis is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which is present in approximately 20% of adults in western societies. Other important, but less common, types of esophagitis include infectious esophagitis, radiation esophagitis, and esophagitis from direct erosive effects of ingested medications or corrosive agents (eg, strong alkalis in liquid and granular forms). Eosinophilic esophagitis has also emerged as an important cause of esophagitis in both children and adults.

The prognosis of esophagitis is generally good, provided it is appropriately diagnosed and treated. Ultimately, the prognosis depends on the underlying disease process. Can you recognize various forms and causes of esophagitis, and are you familiar with best practices for workup and management? Test yourself with this short quiz.


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