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Black esophagus: exploring the dark

Robert Forster; Délcio Aparecido Durso; Edoardo Filippo de Queiroz Vattimo; Luis Massuo Maruta; Ana Luiza Werneck-Silva; Vilma Takayasu; Marcia Yoshie Kanegae; Fabiana Roberto de Lima

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Black esophagus is a rare but underdiagnosed disease. It occurs most frequently in severely ill patients and carries a high mortality rate. Cause of death is usually attributed to the comorbid conditions. Treatment is directed at the underlying cause, acid suppression and keeping the patient nil-per-os. Surgery is needed in complicated cases and stenosis is the most feared longterm sequel. In the present article, two cases are described and literature is reviewed.


Esophageal Diseases, Esophagitis, Critical Illness, Diabetic Ketoacidosis.

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