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April 1967

An Unusual Complication of Esophageal Dilatation

Author Affiliations

Iowa City
From the Department of Otolaryngology and Maxillo-Facial Surgery, State University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;85(4):416-417. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760040418014

THE FOLLOWING case report is presented for the interest of those otolaryngologists who are active in the diagnosis and treatment of esophageal diseases.

Report of a Case  The patient, age 72, was first seen in the Department of Otolaryngology and Maxillo-Facial Surgery at State University of Iowa Hospitals in October 1960, at the age of 69. Prior history obtained at that time revealed that in 1924 he had undergone gastrojejunostomy for a duodenal ulcer. In 1957, he had an incisional hernioplasty at this hospital, and in 1960, was seen in the Department of Medicine with a two-year history of dysphagia. Esophagogram revealed a narrowing of the esophagus without evidence of malignancy. It was at this time that he was referred to the Department of Otolaryngology, where esophagoscopy and biopsy revealed a benign stricture at 37 cm, which was dilated to 28 French.Diagnosis was stricture secondary to reflux esophagitis. Three

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