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Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine - Volume 2016 2016, Article ID 6584363, 4 pages -

Case Report

Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, IL, USA

Department of Pharmacology and Pathophysiology, St. George’s University School of Medicine, St. George’s, West Indies, Grenada

Received 6 February 2016; Revised 13 June 2016; Accepted 27 June 2016

Academic Editor: Yoshihiro Moriwaki

Copyright © 2016 Nikhil R. Kalva et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Acute esophageal necrosis AEN, also called -black esophagus,- is a condition characterized by circumferential necrosis of the esophagus with universal distal involvement and variable proximal extension with clear demarcation at the gastroesophageal junction. It is an unusual cause of upper gastrointestinal bleeding and is recognized with distinct and striking mucosal findings on endoscopy. The patients are usually older and are critically ill with shared comorbidities, which include atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, chronic renal insufficiency, and malnutrition. Alcoholism and substance abuse could be seen in younger patients. Patients usually have systemic hypotension along with upper abdominal pain in the background of clinical presentation of hematemesis and melena. The endoscopic findings confirm the diagnosis and biopsy is not always necessary unless clinically indicated in atypical presentations. Herein we present two cases with distinct clinical presentation and discuss the endoscopic findings along with a review of the published literature on the management of AEN.

Autor: Nikhil R. Kalva, Madhusudhan R. Tokala, Sonu Dhillon, Watcoun-Nchinda Pisoh, Saqib Walayat, Vishwas Vanar, and Srinivas R. P



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