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Rev Med Chil. 1994 Mar;122(3):319-22.

[A case of congenital chagasic megaesophagus: evolution until death caused by esophageal neoplasm, at 27 years of age].

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  • 1Departamento de Parasitología, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile.


A symptomatic megaesophagus was demonstrated in a three months old boy with Chagas disease. He had a difficult evolution with frequent aspiration pneumonias and progressive undernutrition. At 14 years old a cardiomyotomy (Heller's procedure) was performed, with good results that allowed a near normal life. At 27 years old, the patient started with progressive dysphagia due to an epidermoid esophageal carcinoma and died after surgery. Since a higher frequency of esophageal carcinoma is observed in achalasia, periodic endoscopic examinations are mandatory.

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