A Holistic Approach to Diagnosing and Treating Dysphagia

Diego Colom Steele, Chinemerem Okwara, Denis McCarthy

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We report a 39-year-old Native American female with an almost 20-year history of dysphagia that had increased in the 6 months prior to the initial evaluation. Investigation revealed a number of distinct esophageal disorders including Plummer–Vinson syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux disease with esophagitis, distal esophageal stricture, esophageal intramural pseudo-diverticulosis, and recurrent esophageal Candida infections. Although prolonged therapy with proton pump inhibitors, fluconazole, nystatin, and repeated esophageal balloon dilations relieved her symptoms, her prognosis remains uncertain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)957-960
Number of pages4
JournalDigestive Diseases and Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Dysphagia
  • Esophageal intramural pseudo-diverticulosis
  • Esophageal stricture
  • Esophageal web
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Kelly–Paterson syndrome
  • Plummer–Vinson syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Gastroenterology


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