Other nonneoplastic

Lye stricture

Topic Completed: 1 December 2012

Minor changes: 17 December 2020

Copyright: 2003-2021,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Lye stricture esophagus full text[sb]

Elliot Weisenberg, M.D.
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Cite this page: Weisenberg E. Lye stricture. website. Accessed October 22nd, 2021.
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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