Complication of esophageal self-dilation for radiation-induced hypopharyngeal stenosis

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We present an unusual case of hypopharyngeal stenosis, secondary to radiation therapy for laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma, complicated by repeated inadvertent passage of a Maloney dilator through the larynx into the right mainstem bronchus during self-dilation. A brief review of esophageal/hypopharyngeal stenosis and management alternatives is presented. Self-dilation is presented as a therapeutic method for recurrent stenosis of the hypopharynx and esophagus. Recognition and avoidance of this complication is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-95
Number of pages4
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2003


  • Complication
  • Deglutition
  • Deglutition disorders
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Hypopharyngeal/esophageal stenosis
  • Self-dilation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Speech and Hearing


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