Left untreated, esophagitis can lead to changes in the structure of the esophagus. Possible complications include:
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- Narrowing of the esophagus (esophageal stricture)
- Barrett's esophagus, characterized by changes to the cells lining the esophagus, increasing your risk of esophageal cancer
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