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Acute esophageal necrosis: a case series of five patients presenting with "Black esophagus".
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21369835     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Acute esophageal necrosis (AEN), also known as "Black esophagus", is a rare condition that typically presents as upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage. A retrospective chart analysis was conducted at two tertiary care hospitals over a three-year period (2005-2007) using a computerized inpatient database. Out of 9,179 upper endoscopies performed, five patients (0.05% prevalence) were found to have black esophagus. Their mean age was 44 years and the most common presentation was upper gastrointestinal bleeding. All five patients had comorbid conditions, most commonly coronary artery disease, diabetes mellitus, and renal insufficiency. Two patients died, but the cause of death was not related to AEN in either. In conclusion, AEN is usually seen in critically ill elderly patients with multiple comorbid conditions, particularly vascular disease, diabetes mellitus and azotemia.
Dushyant Singh; Reetu Singh; Alexandra S Laya
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2011-03-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  Indian journal of gastroenterology : official journal of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0975-0711     ISO Abbreviation:  Indian J Gastroenterol     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-13     Completed Date:  2011-08-09     Revised Date:  2011-12-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8409436     Medline TA:  Indian J Gastroenterol     Country:  India    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  41-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Gastroenterology and Hepatology, UMKC School of Medicine, Shawnee, KS 66218, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal
Esophageal Diseases / complications,  pathology*
Esophagus / pathology*
Fatal Outcome
Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage / etiology
Middle Aged
Retrospective Studies
Comment In:
Indian J Gastroenterol. 2011 Sep;30(5):237; author reply 237-8   [PMID:  21986856 ]

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