Gastrointest Interv.  2018 Oct;7(3):172-175. 10.18528/gii170030.

Balloon dilation of epidermolysis bullosa-related esophageal strictures: A report of two cases

  • 1Department of Radiology, The First Affiliated Hospital, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China.


Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is a very rare inherited disease featured with skin blistering resulting from minor trauma. Sometimes the esophageal mucosa could also be involved, which leads to esophageal strictures. Here we report two cases of EB-related esophageal strictures who were successfully treated with esophageal balloon dilations. The two cases with EB had severe dysphagia. Clinical examination showed signs of malnutrition, skin blisters and loss of toenails due to EB. They underwent careful fluoroscopic balloon dilation with 10- and 16-mm-sized balloon catheters, respectively. They could ingest soft and some solid foods after the procedure and maintained during the 20 months and 16 months follow-up periods.


Balloon dilation; Epidermolysis bullosa; Esophageal stenosis; Fluroscopy
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