Olle Ekberg, Anders Borgström, Frans-Thomas Fork, Eje Lövdahl, "Endoscopic Balloon Dilatation of Benign Esophageal Stricture—A Nonhazardous Procedure?", Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy, vol. 1, Article ID 724823, 5 pages, 1994. https://doi.org/10.1155/DTE.1.93
Endoscopic Balloon Dilatation of Benign Esophageal Stricture—A Nonhazardous Procedure?
Balloon dilatation of benign esophageal strictures has been widely used since its introduction. We have performed 224 dilatation procedures in 52 patients. Dilatation was done as an outpatient procedure. Strictures were due to reflux esophagitis in 25 patients, anastomatic stenosis in 6, achalasia in 5, complications of sclerotherapy in 5, corrosive lesions in 3, and long-standing nasogastric intubation in 2. The cause was unknown in 6 cases. The intention was to dilate all strictures up to 20 mm. Three major complications occurred, and one of these patients died. The risk of perforation seems to be higher after repeated procedures than during the first one.
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