Fluoroscopically guided endoluminal balloon dilation of oesophageal stricture due to dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa in two sisters.

Karakan T., Dogan İ. , Cindoruk M., Dumlu S., Gorgul A., ÜNAL S.

Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica, vol.69, no.3, pp.327-9, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 69 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Title of Journal : Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica
  • Page Numbers: pp.327-9


Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa is an inherited disorder with frequent oesophageal stricture formation. There is no satisfactory medical treatment of dysphagia however; endoluminal balloon dilation is a novel method with satisfactory results. Intrafamilial cases of dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa manifest variable clinical presentations. We report two sisters with dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa simultaneously presenting with dysphagia. Fluoroscopically guided endoscopic balloon dilation revealed almost complete resolution of dysphagia in both patients. Our cases represented a striking similarity in their clinical picture and response to treatment. Balloon dilation in these cases is a safe and effective approach.