Posterior view of the position and relation of the esophagus in the cervical region and in the posterior mediastinum.
Layers of the GI track: the mucosa, submucosa, muscularis, and serosa.
Esophagus anatomy and nomenclature based on two systems.
  • Inflammation of the esophagus

Clinical Features

Differential Diagnosis

Esophagitis Types


Eophageal ulcer (the reddened area at 10 o'clock on the surface of the mucosa) and due to refulx esophatitis (GERD).


  • CBC
  • CMP
  • Consider HIV workup if unknown causation, risk factors


  • Generally clinical diagnosis in ED (requires EGD for conclusive diagnosis)



  • Admit if unable to tolerate PO or if underlying immunosuppression (e.g. HIV)

See Also


  1. Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Candidiasis: 2016 Update by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Pappas PG, Kauffman CA, Andes DR, Clancy CJ, Marr KA, Ostrosky-Zeichner L, Reboli AC, Schuster MG, Vazquez JA, Walsh TJ, Zaoutis TE, Sobel JD. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Feb 15;62(4):e1-50. doi: 10.1093/cid/civ933. Epub 2015 Dec 16.