A circumscribed narrowing that may occur in any part of the intestinal tract and slow or stop the passage of food or waste materials. This can be caused by a variety of reasons including Barrett’s esophagus, GERD, peptic ulcers, Crohn’s disease, esophagitis, or a hiatal hernia. Stricture is often accompanied by heartburn, a bitter or acidic taste in your mouth, choking, coughing, a shortness of breath, frequent burping or hiccups, pain or trouble swallowing, unexpected weight loss, and vomiting. It can be very minimal and treated easily with medication and rest, but it can grow to an air passage constricting problem that can require immediate attention. Esophageal dilation can help in easing the swallowing process.