This site is targeted at medical and radiology professionals, contains user contributed content, and material that may be confusing to a lay audience. Use of this site implies acceptance of our Terms of Use.

Oesophageal stricture

An oesophageal stricture refers to any persistent intrinsic narrowing of the oesophagus


The most common causes are fibrosis induced by inflammatory and neoplastic processes. Because radiographic findings are not reliable in differentiating benign from malignant strictures, all should be evaluated endoscopically. 

Distal esophageal strictures are caused by gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), either as a separate entity, or in the setting of:

Upper and middle esophageal strictures most commonly result from 

Radiographic features

Benign strictures typically show smoothly tapering, concentric narrowing. Malignant strictures are characteristically abrupt, asymmetric, eccentric narrowings with irregular, nodular, mucosa. Tapered margins may occur with malignant lesions because of the ease of submucosal spread of tumour.

Updating… Please wait.


Error Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

Alert_accept Thank you for updating your details.