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Erythema multiforme in the esophagus

Journal Volume 84 - 2021
Issue Fasc.3 - Case reports
Author(s) J. Vandewalle 1 2, P. Van Eyken 3, M. Struyve 1
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(1) Department of Gastroenterology, Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg (ZOL), Genk, Belgium
(2) Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospitals Gasthuisberg, Leuven, Belgium
(3) Department of Pathology, Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg (ZOL), Genk, Belgium

Erythema multiforme is an immune-mediated mucocutaneous disorder. Mucosal involvement usually affects the oral region, the genitals or the eyes. We report a case of esophagitis caused by erythema multiforme in a patient diagnosed with lung cancer. Esophageal manifestation in erythema multiforme is rarely seen. Besides esophagitis it can lead to esophageal strictures. Erythema multiforme is mostly triggered by infection or drugs but the association with malignancy has been described.

Keywords: dysphagia, esophagitis, esophageal stricture, erythema multiforme, malignancy.

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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PMID 34599579