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ABSTRACT: We report herein the case of a 22-year old woman who underwent esophagectomy for corrosive esophageal stricture. This patient with mental disturbance swallowed a strong alkali in a suicide attempt and suffered from esophageal stenosis instead of steroid therapy. Because the stiffness and stricture of the esophagus proved to be refractory, transhiatal esophagectomy by blunt finger with gastroesophagostomy was performed four months after injury. Operative findings revealed severe stiffness and inflammation of the esophagus which had spread to the adjacent organs, especially the carina. As for pathological findings, most of the esophageal mucosa showed defects resulting from infiltration of inflammatory cells and capillary vascularization from the lamina propria to the extra-esophageal wall. The postoperative course was uneventful and perioperative psychological state had been stable leading to a decrease in tranquilizer dosage. This experience indicates that esophagectomy is the treatment of choice for such mental disturbed patients with severe stenosis.
The Kobe journal of medical sciences 09/1997; 43(3-4):135-42.