TITLE

Megaesophagus and Recurrent Apnea in an Adult Patient with Familial Dysautonomia

AUTHOR(S)
Maayan, Channa; Oren, Ami; Goldin, Eran; Dinour, Dganit; Goldberg, Meir; Mogle, Paul
PUB. DATE
June 1990
SOURCE
American Journal of Gastroenterology;Jun1990, Vol. 85 Issue 6, p729
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A 42-yr-old woman with familial dysautonomia (FD) prescuted with severe episodes of apnea during the daytime, as well as during sleep. Investigations revealed a megaesophagus and a lower esophageal constriction. These caused accumulation of food in the esophagus, resulting in recurrent aspiration and apnea which disappeared after gastrostomy. Megaesophagus, a rare complication in FD patients, can occur in other diseases with autonomic dysfunctions, and one must be aware of its potential respiratory complications.
ACCESSION #
16067032

 

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