Gut Liver.  2011 Sep;5(3):383-386.

A Case of Corrosive Injury-Induced Pharyngeal Stricture Treated by Endoscopic Adhesiolysis Using an Electrosurgical Knife

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Inje University Sanggye Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. osbbang@paik.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Inje University Sanggye Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

Here, we report a case of corrosive injury-induced pharyngeal stricture in a 69-year-old female, which was successfully treated with endoscopic adhesiolysis using an electrosurgical knife. The patient had ingested sodium hydroxide in an attempted suicide, and immediate endoscopy revealed corrosive injuries of the pharynx, esophagus, and stomach. When a liquid diet was permitted, she complained of nasal regurgitation of food. Follow-up endoscopy revealed several adhesive bands and a web-like scar that did not allow passage of the endoscope into the hypopharyngeal area. For treatment of the hypopharyngeal stricture, the otolaryngologist attempted to perform an excision of the fibrous bands around the esophageal inlet using microscissors passed through an esophagoscope, but this procedure was not effective. We then dissected the mucosal adhesion and incised the adhesive bands using an electrosurgical knife. After this procedure, nasal regurgitation of food no longer occurred. To our knowledge, this case is the first report of endoscopic adhesiolysis with an electrosurgical knife in a patient with a corrosive injury-induced pharyngeal stricture.

Keyword

Corrosive injury; Pharyngeal stricture; Adhesiolysis; Endoscopy; Electrosurgical knife

MeSH Terms

Adhesives
Aged
Bays
Cicatrix
Constriction, Pathologic
Diet
Endoscopes
Endoscopy
Esophagoscopes
Esophagus
Female
Follow-Up Studies
Humans
Hydroxides
Pharynx
Sodium Hydroxide
Stomach
Suicide, Attempted
Adhesives
Hydroxides
Sodium Hydroxide
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