A description of congenital short esophagus is not to be found in the general or special textbooks. While it is reasonable to suppose that this condition is not rare, only a small number of cases have been reported. Reports concerning this entity have appeared since 1930, cases having been described by Kelly,1 Findlay and Kelly,2 Jacob, Tweedie and Negus,3 Wright,4 Monkhouse and Montgomery5 and Clerf and Manges.6
Since the deficiency in the length of the esophagus is made up by a portion of the stomach, the term "partial thoracic stomach" has been annexed to it. This term is used to distinguish the condition from hiatal or para-esophageal hernia, in which a portion of the stomach herniates through the hiatus and in which the esophagus either is below the diaphragm or is carried into the thorax with the herniated stomach. The esophagus, however, either straight
GLATT MA. CONGENITAL SHORT ESOPHAGUS: WITH PARTIAL THORACIC STOMACH. Arch Otolaryngol. 1936;24(5):612–617. doi:10.1001/archotol.1936.00640050625008
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