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Compression of the esophagus by the spine and the aorta in untreated scoliosis

, : Compression of the esophagus by the spine and the aorta in untreated scoliosis. Archives Of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery. 117(6-7): 405-407, Y

An adult patient with severe scoliosis secondary to familial dysautonomia developed dysphagia and recurrent aspirations. Various imaging studies showed a mechanical obstruction of the esophagus due to compression between the spine and the aorta. The patient underwent a gastrostomy and fundoplication, with a significant decrease in symptoms. The case demonstrates one of the possible long-term consequences of untreated scoliosis.


PMID: 9709865

DOI: 10.1007/s004020050280

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