ONE SIDE-RESULT of the application of surgical treatment to neoplasm of the esophagus has been to bring the benign lesions into sharper focus. The conditions of the esophagus presented in this paper are collected from the case records of the last 10 years of the private practice of one of us (H. L. T.) and from the Los Angeles General Hospital. The conditions include leucoplakia, broncho-esophageal fistula, spontaneous perforation, benign esophageal stenosis, esophagitis, and peptic ulcer of the esophagus. The benign tumors of the esophagus are the subject of another paper. It is believed that the cases reported here illustrate the practical problems of diagnosis and treatment by surgical means.
It is our belief that any consideration of benign pathologic conditions of the esophagus must necessarily include leucoplakia. This is because the condition is encountered so frequently in symptomatic and asymptomatic esophageal disease. As is well known, leucoplakia is
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