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Am J Gastroenterol. 1993 Jun;88(6):953-7.

Chronic recurrent esophageal strictures treated with balloon dilation in children with autosomal recessive epidermolysis bullosa dystrophica.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of California Children's Medical Center, San Francisco, California.


Two children (8- and 17-yr old) with autosomal recessive epidermolysis bullosa dystrophica and chronic esophageal strictures were treated with repeated balloon dilations. General anesthesia was by face mask adapted specifically for this procedure, with careful attention to avoid skin and mucus membrane damage. A balloon dilator positioned fluoroscopically over an angiographic guidewire was gently inflated until narrowings resolved. Dilations have been performed every 1-11 [4.3 +/- 3.2 (mean +/- SD)] months in the younger patient over the last 4.3 yr, and every 8-20 (14.5 +/- 5.9) months in the older patient over the last 4.8 yr, without serious complications. Both patients were able to swallow normal foods following dilations. Repeated balloon dilations of esophageal strictures in patients with epidermolysis bullosa dystrophica can be done safely. Further studies are indicated to determine its effectiveness and appropriateness as an alternative to colonic interposition.

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