Syringomyelia presenting as cricopharyngeal pseudostricture

Munir I. Malik, Kathleen B. Schwarz, Suresh Kotagal

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A 14-year-old boy was referred for evaluation of a cervical esophageal “stricture” diagnosed by upper gastrointestinal radiograph, which had been performed for evaluation of dysphagia and dysphonia of several months' duration. Neurological examination revealed several cranial nerve abnormalities and hyperreflexia, raising the suspicion of a cervicomedullary junction lesion. However, computed tomography of the head, neck, and spine was completely normal. Findings on the swallowing videofluoroscopy were interpreted as consistent with a stricture (a “tight constriction distal to the pyri-form sinus”). However, no evidence for this was found by either esophagoscopy or esophageal manometry, which revealed a low-pressure cervical esophageal sphincter. Neurologic evaluation was pursued with magnetic resonance imaging, which revealed a large syrinx extending from C2 to T2 segments. We report this case to point out the importance of considering neurologic dis-ease in the differential diagnosis of “stricture” of the cervical esophagus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-117
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • Dysphagia
  • Esophageal stricture
  • Syringomyelia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Gastroenterology


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