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Schatzki's Ring: A Benign Cause of Dysphagia in Adults

Jalil, Sajid M.D.; Castell, Donald O. M.D.

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: October 2002 - Volume 35 - Issue 4 - p 295-298
Alimentary Tract: Clinical Reviews: Esophageal and Gastric Diseases
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The lower esophageal mucosal ring, or Schatzki's ring, was first described by Templeton. Anatomically, it represents the lower end of the esophagus. Patients classically present with intermittent dysphagia to solids. Diagnosis is made by endoscopy or a barium esophagram. Gastroesophageal reflux disease has been suggested as an etiology. It can usually be treated by passing a large dilator. Further controlled studies are needed to study its cause.

From the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A.

Supported by the Donald O. Castell research trust.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. Donald O. Castell, Division of Gastroenterology, Medical University of South Carolina, 96 Jonathan Lucas Street, Charleston, SC 29425, U.S.A.

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.