Esophageal stenosis: treatment with balloon catheters.

  title={Esophageal stenosis: treatment with balloon catheters.},
  author={Erhard E. Starck and Vittorio Paolucci and Michele Herzer and Andrew B. Crummy},
  volume={153 3},
We have performed 84 balloon dilatations in 40 patients who had esophageal strictures. Of these patients, 31 who had benign diseases improved, and the procedure proved to be safe, reliable, and easy to perform; in 77% of these patients, only one or two dilatations were necessary. In 10 patients who had previously undergone treatment with bougienage, the symptom-free interval of 9.3 months following balloon dilatation is four times longer than that experienced following bougienage. In patients… CONTINUE READING
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