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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 4, Issue 9, Pages 593-595
Benign Esophageal Disease

The Tight Esophagus - Bougies or Balloons

John S Goff

University of Colorado Medical Center and Denver Veterans Administration Hospital, Denver, Colorado, USA

Copyright © 1990 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Esophageal strictures can be managed with a variety of techniques. Each device for dilation has its advantages and disadvantages which are important in selecting the appropriate one for each situation. Stricture management with dilation may require many sessions over a prolonged time. Complications of dilation are infrequent, but perforation must be watched for closely since its consequences are so serious. The most important factor in stricture management with dilators is physician familiarity with the method selected.