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Question: is an inflammatory ring observed in gastroscopy significant?


 jodie1 - Sun Sep 21, 2008 3:07 pm

hi,
Had a gastroscopy to check for coeliac disease recently. My report said an inflammatory ring had been observed at 40cm during the gastroscopy. Just wondering if this is of any significance, particularly as I may have an autoimmune disease? My doctor hasn't referred to it.
Thanks
Jodie
 John Kenyon, CNA - Sat Dec 13, 2008 11:33 pm

User avatar Hello -

An inflammatory ring can mean a lot of different things, some significant and some not, dependent upon all the clinical information which bears on the condition of the patient in question. In the case of potential celiac disease it may mean exactly what you'd think, that there is some relationship between celiac disease, autoimmune disease, and the irritation, due to the celiac disease, causing the ring.

There are any number of possible causes of this sort of ring, however, and one's doctor and the consulting pathologist. Your doctor should let you know if this is significant or not, and in what way. It's impossible to know at a distance. Hopefully by now this has been cleared up for you.

Best of luck to you. Please follow up with us here as needed.
 S.WILLIAMS,RN - Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:32 pm

JODIE,
Around 40 cm would be the end of the ge junction (where the esophogus ends and the stomach begins) One cause of "inflammatory ring" is what's called a Schatzki Ring. This can cause trouble sometimes with dysphagia and food getting caught right there and not being able to pass. The Doctors usually biopsy any inflammatory tissue they find and while scar tissue can form after severe gastoesphogeal reflux, sometimes people are not symptomatic. If this is something that is troubling you then you should ask your physician to explain exactly what your finding means.
peace,

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