Background: Corrosive esophageal strictures are common. The severity of the strictures depends on type, quantity, duration of contact and concentration of the caustic substance ingested. Endoscopic balloon dilation and endoscopic bougienage are a cornerstone in the management of the benign esophageal strictures and are the most widely used treatments, but are expensive and invasive procedures.Case Presentation: We report the case of an 82-year-old patient with a corrosive esophageal stricture treated for over 40 years by means of home self-bougienage. The procedure has been carried out for the longest lapse of time described in literature, with an excellent control of symptoms. In the case reported, after being carried out for more than 40-years, self-dilation allowed good quality of life and symptoms management, ensuring an excellent nutritional status.Conclusions: Following an adequate patient training, self-dilatation can be a safe and effective option of treatment, avoiding frequent expensive hospital admissions for endoscopic esophageal dilatation.

Recurrent esophageal stricture from previous caustic ingestion treated with 40-year self-dilation: case report and review of literature

Gambardella, C.;Allaria, A.;Conzo, G.
2018

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Background: Corrosive esophageal strictures are common. The severity of the strictures depends on type, quantity, duration of contact and concentration of the caustic substance ingested. Endoscopic balloon dilation and endoscopic bougienage are a cornerstone in the management of the benign esophageal strictures and are the most widely used treatments, but are expensive and invasive procedures.Case Presentation: We report the case of an 82-year-old patient with a corrosive esophageal stricture treated for over 40 years by means of home self-bougienage. The procedure has been carried out for the longest lapse of time described in literature, with an excellent control of symptoms. In the case reported, after being carried out for more than 40-years, self-dilation allowed good quality of life and symptoms management, ensuring an excellent nutritional status.Conclusions: Following an adequate patient training, self-dilatation can be a safe and effective option of treatment, avoiding frequent expensive hospital admissions for endoscopic esophageal dilatation.
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