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[Esophageal diverticula in mixed connective tissue disease]

SZÁNTÓ Dezső, SZŰCS Gabriella, DITRÓI Edit

FEBRUARY 15, 2005

Hungarian Radiology - 2005;79(01)

[INTRODUCTION - The functional and morphological changes of oesophagus occur in two third of mixed connective tissue disease patients according to the literature. CASE REPORT - We report three cases of 27, 39 and 48 year old women suffering of lateral pharyngoesophageal, epibronchial and epiphrenic diverticula associated with connective tissue disease. Diverticula had an average diameter of 3.8 cm (maximal diameters: 7.2-8 cm). The esophageal pouches produced dysphagia, dystonia, motility disorders, food stagnation and vomiting, retrosternal burning sensation and tachyarrythmia after 5-16 month's latency period. In one patient pneumoesophagus also evolved. The high serum enzyme levels and proximal electromyogram proved the presence of polymyositis. CONCLUSION - The localization, number and the size of esophageal diverticula are determined by the interstitial myopathy.]



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