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esophagitis dissecans superficialis

Monday 16 November 2009

Esophagitis Dissecans Superficialis (EDS) is a term applied to a rare endoscopic finding characterized by sloughing of large fragments of the esophageal squamous mucosa that may be coughed up or vomited.

Although EDS has been reported in association with certain medications and esophageal strictures, most cases remain unexplained.

In spite of its sometimes, dramatic presentation, EDS is a benign condition that resolves without lasting esophageal pathology.

Although an association with medications, skin conditions, heavy smoking, and physical trauma has been reported, the pathogenesis of EDS remains unexplained.

References

- Esophagitis Dissecans Superficialis ("Sloughing esophagitis"): A Clinicopathologic Study of 12 Cases. Carmack SW, Vemulapalli R, Spechler SJ, Genta RM. Am J Surg Pathol. 2009 Oct 3. PMID: 19809273