Aortoesophageal fistula: A case misdiagnosed as esophageal polyp

Department of Digestive Diseases and Beijing Digestive Disease Center, Beijing Friendship Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100016, China.
World Journal of Gastroenterology (Impact Factor: 2.37). 12/2009; 15(47):6007-9. DOI: 10.3748/wjg.15.6007
Source: PubMed


Aortoesophageal fistula (AEF) is a rare and fatal disorder. It is also a life-threatening cause of massive upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Thoracic aortic aneurysm is the most common cause of AEF. Management of a patient with this disorder requires rapid diagnosis and immediate intervention, which is considered the best way to save the patient's life. We report a case of AEF misdiagnosed as esophageal polyp.

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