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

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

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: June 1997 - Volume 24 - Issue 4 - p 199-202
Original Studies

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.

From the Department of Medicine, Kaiser-Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego, California, U.S.A.

Received December 5, 1996. Revision sent January 9, 1997. Accepted February 9, 1997.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. George F. Longstreth, Kaiser-Permanente Medical Center, 4647 Zion Avenue, San Diego, CA 92120, U.S.A.

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