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Achalasia, alcohol-stasis, and acute necrotizing esophagitis: connecting the dots.

​Acute necrotizing esophagitis (ANE) or “black esophagus” is defined as a circumferential dark pigmentation of the esophagus on endoscopy and mucosal necrosis on histology. Due to its rarity, the etiopathogenesis of this alarming finding is poorly understood. We report a case of ANE in an alcoholic with achalasia and discuss the pathophysiologic insights gained from this unusual presentation.

Authors: Lee, Jeffrey K JK; Bhargava, Valmik V; Mittal, Ravinder K RK; Ghosh, Pradipta P

Digestive diseases and sciences. 2011 Feb ;56(2):612-4. Epub 2010-06-16.

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