Korean J Gastrointest Endosc.  2007 Sep;35(3):170-174.

A Case of Refractory Esophageal Stricture Induced by Lye Ingestion and Treated by Temporary Placement of Newly Designed Self-Expanding Metal Stent and Wetting with Mitomycin C

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Kwangju Christian Hospital, Gwangju, Korea. gyh228@hanmail.net


Ingestion of strong acids or strong alkalies may produces severe inflammation on the mucosa of the esophagus and this may also causes esophageal stricture. Several forms of non-operative dilatations have been utilized for the treatment of esophageal stricture and they have shown good results. Yet some patients do not achieve acceptable symptom relief despite of intensive dilatation. Temporary placement of esophageal stent has recently been used in some of these patients. Furthermore, mitomycin C has been used as a conservative treatment for refractive esophageal stricture in children, yet its efficacy has not been well established. We experienced a case of a 64-year old man with severe, recurrent esophageal stricture, and this was successfully managed by temporary placement of an esophageal stent, together with a spray of mitomycin C. We report on this case along with the review of the literature.


Benign esophageal stricture; Esophageal stent; Mitomycin C
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