World J Gastrointest Endosc 2010 Feb;2(2):61-8
Rakesh Kochhar, Kuchhangi Suresh Poornachandra, Department of Gastroenterology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh 160012, India.
Esophageal strictures are a problem frequently encountered by gastroenterologists. Dilation has been the customary treatment for benign esophageal strictures, and dilation techniques have advanced over the years. Depending on their characteristics and the response to treatment, esophageal strictures can be classified into two types: 1, simple (Schatzki rings, webs, peptic injury, and following sclerotherapy) - these are easily amenable to dilation, with a low recurrence rate after initial treatment; and 2, complex (caused by caustic ingestion, radiation injury, anastomotic strictures, and photodynamic therapy) - these are difficult to dilate and are associated with higher recurrence rates. Read More