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Esophageal Stricture

67 year-old woman with longstanding reflux disease and a chronic distal esophageal stricture with superficial ulcerations; close-up shows mucosal friability and bleeding from the ulcers after gentle manipulation of the stricture.

Left: 50 year-old woman, with a history of lye ingestion in childhood, who presented with dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). Endoscopy demonstrated dilation of the upper portion of the esophagus, with diffuse mucosal scarring, and several nonobstructing web-like rings. At the distal edge of this injured segment of esophagus is a tighter stricture, representing the cause of her symptoms.

Right: Tight stricture at the esophagogastric junction in a 98 year-old woman who had complained of progressive dysphagia to solids. Shown here are four tablets entrapped within the esophagus above the stricture, and a transendoscopic balloon catheter placed within the stricture, prior to inflating the balloon.

66 year-old man with longstanding GERD and a prior history of peptic esophageal stricture requiring dilation. He had self-discontinued his antireflux medication, and presented with a 2-week history of progressive dysphagia. Endoscopy revealed severe esophagitis with a recurrent stricture.

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