Black oesophagus--cause?

Sako, A.; Kitoyama, J.; Inoue, T.; Kaizaki, S.; Nogawa, H.; Suzuki, H.
February 2005
Gut;Feb2005, Vol. 54 Issue 2, p192
Academic Journal
This article illustrates a case of black oesophagus. In the given case, a 64 year old woman was admitted with coffee ground emesis. She had been bedridden for the previous two years due to osteoarthritis but had no past history of upper gastrointestinal ulcer, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, or corrosive intake. The patient was treated with intravenous ranitidine for seven days and oral ranitidine thereafter. Endoscopy one week later revealed that the oesophageal mucosa was diffusely covered by thin whitish exudates with no stenosis, and biopsies revealed ulcerated mucosa with massive necrosis.


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