Pediatric Esophageal Disorders

MaineHealth specialists are trained and prepared to diagnose and treat a wide variety of esophageal disorders in our younger patients, so that our patients can have a high quality of life. Early diagnosis and intervention are key to your child's well-being, growth and development.

What are esophageal disorders?

Esophageal disorders are conditions that affect the function of the esophagus. The esophagus is the hollow tube that moves food and liquid from the mouth to the stomach. Esophageal disorders found in children include:

  • Acid reflux
  • Swallowing disorders
  • GERD
  • Barrett’s Esophagus
  • Esophagitis
  • Diaphragmatic hernias
  • Obstructions
  • Cancer
  • Symptoms of esophageal disorders
  • Symptoms of esophageal disorders may include:
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Discomfort
  • Difficulty swallowing liquids and solids
  • Chest pain
  • Heartburn
  • Hoarse voice
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Nausea
  • Discolored skin
  • Quick heartbeat

Treatment of esophageal disorders

Treatment options depend on the condition, the child’s age and other factors. Treatment options may include, but are not limited to:

  • Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Weight loss