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Esophageal web

Summary of Esophageal web
Esophageal webs are thin outpouchings of the anterior esophageal mucosa into the lumen and are located in the upper third of the esophagus. They cause dysphagia and confer an increased risk for squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus. If presenting with iron deficiency anemia with or without glossitis, Plummer-Vinson syndrome should be considered. A barium swallow is the best initial test. Long-term treatment is with endoscopic dilation. Repeated dilations may be needed for some patients, and are safe and effective.



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Esophageal web

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A 57-year-old woman comes to the clinic because of malaise and intermittent episodes of “food sticking in my throat.” She believes she may have lost several pounds over the past month because of reduced oral intake to avoid the problem. Physical exam demonstrates flat-appearing fingernails and angular cheilitis. Barium swallow shows an upper esophageal web. Which of the following is the most likely diagnosis?

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