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J Gastrointest Surg. 2016 May;20(5):1074-5. doi: 10.1007/s11605-015-3051-5. Epub 2015 Dec 9.

Plummer-Vinson Syndrome with Proximal Esophageal Web.

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1
Division of Gastroenterology, The Brooklyn Hospital Center - Clinical Affiliate of Mount Sinai Hospital, 121 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11201, USA. kinooo2002@gmail.com.
2
Division of Gastroenterology, The Brooklyn Hospital Center - Clinical Affiliate of Mount Sinai Hospital, 121 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11201, USA.

Abstract

Plummer-Vinson Syndrome is a condition where iron deficiency is associated with difficulty swallowing due to the presence of an esophageal web. Deficiency of iron-dependent oxidative enzymes causes gradual degradation of the pharyngeal muscles which lead to mucosal atrophy and formation of webs. Although it is a very rare condition, an increased risk of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma makes its identification very important. Dilation of the esophageal web using a Savary dilator is a more effective and safer approach compared to conventional balloon dilation.

KEYWORDS:

Dysphagia; Esophageal web; Plummer-Vinson syndrome

PMID:
26658794
DOI:
10.1007/s11605-015-3051-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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