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A Review of Endoscopic Methods of Esophageal Dilation

Lew, Ronald J. M.D.; Kochman, Michael L. M.D., F.A.C.P.

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: August 2002 - Volume 35 - Issue 2 - p 117-126
Alimentary Tract: Clinical Reviews: New Techniques

Esophageal strictures from a variety of benign and malignant causes require dilation therapy when patients develop symptoms of dysphagia. Dilation can be accomplished using a variety of dilating devices and adjunctive techniques. The approach to management of esophageal strictures is reviewed with a focus on dilation technique and special considerations for various stricture types.

From the Medicine Division of Gastroenterology, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

For further demonstration of these techniques, the reader is directed to Lew RJ, Ahmad NA, Katzka DA, Ginsberg GG, et al. Endoscopic management of dysphagia: benign strictures and achalasia. ASGE Video Library, 2001.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. Michael L. Kochman, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Division of Gastroenterology, 3400 Spruce Street, 3 Ravdin Building, Philadelphia, PA 19104, U.S.A. E-mail:

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.