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Dysphagia. 2002 Summer;17(3):242-5.

Fluoroscopically guided endoluminal balloon dilatation of esophageal stricture due to epidermolysis bullosa dystrophica.

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  • 1Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Cukurova University, Adana, Turkey,


Epidermolysis bullosa dystrophica is a hereditary blistering disorder in which the mucosal surface of the esophagus is frequently involved in addition to skin. Blister formation after minor trauma leads to erosions, ulcerations, scarring, and stricture formation in the esophagus and causes dysphagia. There is no definitive medical management for esophageal lesions. Colonic interposition has considerable mortality and morbidity, while surgical or endoscopic bougienage is not recommended because it causes further trauma to the esophagus, which accelerates stricture formation, and has a high risk of perforation. Herein we report a case of esophageal stricture successfully treated with repeated balloon dilatations.

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