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Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology:
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Multiple Esophageal Webs: Treatment and Follow-up of Seven Patients

Longstreth, George F. M.D.; Sitzer, Matthew E. M.D.

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Abstract

We have treated seven patients with multiple esophageal webs without a predisposing disorder. The patients ranged in age from 34 to 61 years and had suffered from dysphagia for 4 to 26 years. None had skin disease, a history of ingestion of a potentially caustic substance, or evidence of gastroesophageal reflux disease by history or endoscopy. All patients responded to esophageal dilation, but dysphagia recurred in all during follow-up ranging from 6 months to 4 years, often requiring repeated dilation. Study of our patients and similar patients reported previously leads us to believe this unusual disorder is congenital.

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