• Cellulose fiber diet pills have recently become a popular form of weight control. In the past 2 months, we have seen two patients in whom ingestion of these pills has resulted in complete distal esophageal obstruction. Further studies revealed that each patient had a previously undiagnosed anatomical abnormality of the distal esophagus; in one case a Schatzki's ring, and in the other a stricture probably secondary to chronic reflux. We conclude that patients with known esophageal narrowing, or with a history of reflux and/or dysphagia, should use cellulose fiber diet pills only with extreme caution.
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Jones KR, Pillsbury HC. Cellulose Fiber Diet Pills: A New Cause of Esophageal Obstruction. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1990;116(9):1091. doi:10.1001/archotol.1990.01870090107020
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