Esophageal infarction

Rami Hawari, Pankaj J. Pasricha

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Esophageal infarction or acute necrotizing esophagitis is a rare condition that has a dramatic endoscopic appearance of a "black esophagus." The esophageal involvement can vary from the distal third to the total esophagus. Excluding corrosive injury and other well-known rare causes of black esophagus, the etiology of this condition is unknown. Ischemia due to hypoperfusion state is thought to play a central role in the pathogenesis. The treatment is supportive with acid suppression and gastrointestinal rest. Mortality is high due to comorbid conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-60
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Treatment Options in Gastroenterology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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