Acute esophageal necrosis caused by alcohol abuse

World J Gastroenterol. 2005 Sep 21;11(35):5568-70. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v11.i35.5568.


Acute esophageal necrosis (AEN) is extremely rare and the pathogenesis of this is still unknown. We report a case of AEN caused by alcohol abuse. In our case, the main pathogenesis could be accounted for low systemic perfusion caused by severe alcoholic lactic acidosis. After the healing of AEN, balloon dilatation was effective to manage the stricture.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acidosis, Lactic / etiology
  • Acute Disease
  • Adult
  • Alcoholism / complications
  • Alcoholism / pathology*
  • Esophageal Stenosis / etiology
  • Esophageal Stenosis / pathology
  • Esophageal Stenosis / therapy
  • Esophagus / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Necrosis