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Conditions Treated

The following conditions are some of the most common conditions treated by specialists in this area. These specialists offer expert care for many other related medical problems. If you need care for a condition not listed here, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to find a doctor who can help you.

  • Achalasia is a rare disorder of the esophagus that drastically limits your ability to move food and liquids through your esophagus to your stomach.
  • Barrett’s esophagus is a change in the lining of the muscular tube that transports your food from the mouth to the stomach. In people who have Barrett’s, the tissue lining the esophagus becomes more like the tissue lining the small intestine.
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a lung disease that can affect a person’s ability to breathe.
  • A congenital diaphragmatic hernia is an abnormal opening that forms in a baby’s diaphragm.
  • Esophageal cancer is cancer of the esophagus, the tube that takes food from the mouth to the stomach. Adenocarcinoma, the most common type of esophageal cancer in the United States, can result from gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) and Barrett’s esophagus.
  • When heartburn causes stomach acid to leak into the esophagus, it can damage the esophagus and lead to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
  • Hiatal Hernia

    A hiatal hernia, also known as diaphragmatic hernia, is a condition in which the upper part of the stomach bulges through an opening in the diaphragm. It is possible to have a hiatal hernia with no symptoms. But some people have heartburn related to gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Medicine can help relieve symptoms of hiatal hernias. Losing weight, not smoking and avoiding heavy meals can also help. If medicine and lifestyle changes do not work, surgical treatment is an option.
  • Hyperhidrosis

    Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which a person sweats excessively. A person with hyperhidrosis may sweat even if it is cool outside. Treatments for hyperhidrosis vary depending on where a person sweats and whether the person has hyperhidrosis related to another medical condition (known as secondary hyperhidrosis), such as cancer, menopause or anxiety.
  • Most lung cancer begins in the cells that line the bronchi, the two large tubes that carry air from the trachea down into the lungs.
  • Mesothelioma is a tumor of the tissue that lines your lungs, stomach, heart or other organs. These tumors can be malignant (cancer) or benign (not cancerous).
  • Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disorder (when the immune system attacks healthy tissues) that causes muscle weakness. When symptoms occur only in the eyes, it is known as ocular myasthenia gravis. In rare cases, children are born with congenital myasthenia gravis disease.
  • Pectus Excavatum

    Pectus excavatum is a deformity of the rib cage that causes the breastbone (sternum) to cave in. It results in a sunken chest wall, which some people call funnel chest. A variety of surgical procedures are available to repair pectus excavatum, which is usually present at birth.
  • If you or your child have been diagnosed with subglottic stenosis or are having breathing problems and don't know why, pediatric ENT specialists and experts with Rush's Voice, Airway and Swallowing Program can help.
  • Tuberculosis (TB)

    Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious bacterial disease that most often affects the lungs. It spreads through the air when someone with TB of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes or talks. If not properly treated, TB can cause death, so people who are exposed should see a doctor immediately.