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A rare cause of dysphagia in a hiv patient - esophageal pseudodiverticulosis

Journal Volume 76 - 2013
Issue Fasc.3 - Case reports
Author(s) R. Krishnamoorthi, L. Nandagopal, M. Ehrinpreis
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Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Wayne State University.

Esophageal pseudodiverticulosis is a rare clinical entity with a slight male predominance (1). The condition is caused by cystic di- lation of the sub mucosal glands and hence is not true diverticulo- sis. This is usually a benign condition, affecting the distal third of esophagus. It has been associated with reflux esophagitis, strictures and candidiasis. Patients with esophageal pseudodiverticulosis may present with progressive dysphagia, though most cases are asymp- tomatic. Perforation (2), bleeding (3) and mediastinitis have rarely been described. To the best of our knowledge, the occurrence of this rare disease in hiv patients has been described only once be- fore (4). We report the second case of esophageal pseudodiverticu- losis occurring in a hiv patient. (Acta gastroenterol. belg., 2013, 76, 340-341).

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