Benign oesophageal stricture in the elderly--use of cimetidine and fibre-optic dilatation.


Peptic strictures of the oesophagus may occur rapidly in the elderly. Dilatation of benign oesophageal stricture using a fibre-optic endoscope provides effective and safe treatment. Forty-eight dilatations were performed on 19 patients without significant complications. Swallowing was improved in all patients. The use of cimetidine is described. 


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