esophageal web


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e·soph·a·ge·al web

a congenital or acquired transverse fold of the mucous membrane and sometimes the deeper layers of the esophagus often causing dysphagia, usually in the lower half of the esophagus.

esophageal web

a thin membrane that may develop across the lumen of the esophagus, usually near the level of the cricoid cartilage. The abnormal condition is generally associated with iron deficiency anemia and usually disappears when the underlying problem is resolved. See also Plummer-Vinson syndrome.

esophageal web

A 2-3 mm in thickness stricture composed of mucosa and submucosa only, which is located anywhere along the length of the esophageal lumen; upper esophageal webs occur in the upper 2-4 cm of the esophagus, are lined by squamous epithelium, often associated with the Plummer-Vinson syndrome, and after yrs may evolve into postcricoid carcinoma; webs in the body of the esophagus may be multiple, represent embryonal remnants and may be associated with esophageal reflux; the lower esophageal web is a thin membrane marking the squamocolumnar junction and is seen in ±10% of normal subjects; symptomatic subjects may suffer intermittent dysphagia and impaction of a bolus of food Treatment Intraluminal balloon dilatation. See Café coronary.

e·soph·a·ge·al web

(ē-sofă-jēăl web)
Congenital or acquired transverse fold of the mucous membrane and sometimes the deeper layers of the esophagus often causing dysphagia, usually in the lower half of the esophagus.
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Two weeks later, a follow-up EGD showed an esophageal web at 25 cm, which was dilated.
Upper esophageal webs are more common in women than men.
Mechanical dysphagia is caused by a food bolus or foreign body, by intrinsic narrowing of the esophagus (from inflammation, esophageal webs, benign and malignant strictures, and tumors) or by extrinsic compression (from bone or thyroid abscesses or vascular tightening).