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Esophageal stricture due to recurrent mucositis in a patient with acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Eda Karadağ-Öncel, Senay Kenç, Selin Aytaç, Yusuf Aydemir, Gülin Hızal, Aysel Yüce, Ateş Kara
Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2013, 55 (1): 116-7
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An esophageal stricture is one of the complications that may develop during cancer treatment in children. Although more commonly associated with radiotherapy, recurrent mucositis has also been implicated. Presented herein is a case of a patient with acute lymphoblastic leukemia who suffered recurrent attacks of severe mucositis. Initial management of ensuing dysphagia included antifungal treatment for candida esophagitis. A subsequent upper endoscopy due to persistence of dysphagia revealed the presence of an esophageal stricture. Our aim in presenting this case is to emphasize the importance of considering a diagnosis of esophageal stricture in patients receiving anti-cancer treatment; early endoscopic intervention may be warranted in some patients.

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