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Scleroderma in the Oesophagus
Oesophageal SclerodermaScleroderma, or Systemic Sclerosis, is aa disease, where the patient has an increase in connective tissue of the skin and many other organs, e.g. the oesophagus. As a result of the fibrosis in the oesophagus there is marked oesophageal hypomobility, and this causes delayed emtying of the oesophagus and reflux of acid stomach juice, and the end result can be a refluxoesophagitis superimposed on the scleroderma. This is a picture of the oesophagus in a patient with scleroderma.
Oesophageal SclerodermaThe symtoms of oesophageal scleroderma are the same as in a difficult reflux disease. Scleroderma can be difficult to treat, but symptomatic relief from the oesophageal symptoms can be achived by the same treatment as used in reflux oesophagitis.
August 18, 2007