Nonneoplastic disorders
Lye stricture

Author: Elliot Weisenberg, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 5 July 2018, last major update December 2012

Copyright: (c) 2003-2018,, Inc.

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Cite this page: Weisenberg, E. Lye stricture. website. Accessed December 12th, 2018.
Definition / general
Clinical features
  • Usually at bifurcation of trachea
  • Mean age 6 years at time of ingestion
  • Over 5,000 cases of accidental caustic injury to children in US each year
  • Also suicide attempts in adults
  • Associated with motility disorders in children (Braz J Med Biol Res 2004;37:1623)
  • Complications: carcinoma, mean 40 years later, usually at tracheal bifurcation
  • Stenting, dilation or surgical resection
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Stricture (cause unknown)