Schatzki's ring: a benign cause of dysphagia in adults

J Clin Gastroenterol. 2002 Oct;35(4):295-8. doi: 10.1097/00004836-200210000-00004.


The lower esophageal mucosal ring, or Schatzki's ring, was first described by Templeton. Anatomically, it represents the lower end of the esophagus. Patients classically present with intermittent dysphagia to solids. Diagnosis is made by endoscopy or a barium esophagram. Gastroesophageal reflux disease has been suggested as an etiology. It can usually be treated by passing a large dilator. Further controlled studies are needed to study its cause.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Deglutition Disorders / diagnostic imaging
  • Deglutition Disorders / etiology*
  • Deglutition Disorders / physiopathology*
  • Esophageal Stenosis / complications*
  • Esophageal Stenosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Esophageal Stenosis / physiopathology*
  • Esophagus / diagnostic imaging*
  • Esophagus / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Mucous Membrane / diagnostic imaging
  • Mucous Membrane / physiopathology
  • Radiography