Table of Contents Author Guidelines Submit a Manuscript
Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 5, Issue 2, Pages 49-50
Clinical Gastroenterology

Self Dilation of Esophageal Strictures

Stephen N Sullivan, Marie Corke, and William C Watson

Gastrointestinal Unit, Victoria Hospital, London, Ontario, Canada

Accepted 22 February 1991

Copyright © 1991 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.


Over 22 years, 26 patients were taught to dilate their esophageal strictures. Fifteen had peptic strictures, four malignant neoplasms, three achalasia, three dysphagia following fundoplication and one esophageal lichen planus. The patients with peptic strictures (mean age 58 years) did particularly well, repeatedly dilating themselves over an average of six years (range two months to 18 years). There were no serious complications. Self dilation is a safe, convenient and inexpensive way to manage patients who require repeated, frequent dilations for esophageal strictures.