WHAT IS CONGENITAL OESOPHAGEAL STENOSIS?
Congenital oesophageal stenosis (CES) is a narrowing of the oesophagus, preventing normal progression of saliva and/or food. Children with this malformation usually have dysphagia (sensation of difficulty or blockage when swallowing food), episodes of food blockage and vomiting.
HOW IS THIS MALFORMATION DIAGNOSED?
CES is diagnosed by endoscopy or by contrast radiography known as oesophago-gastric-duodenal transit (OGDT). These two exams are used to evaluate the extent of stenosis.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT?
CES is treated by endoscopy. The stricture zone is dilated using a polyvinyl probe or balloon.