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Esophageal Cause of Chest Pain

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

When should the clinician consider an esophageal cause of chest pain? The concept of the esophagus as the origin of chest pain is not new. More than a century ago, Sir William Osler hypothesized that esophageal spasm represented one cause of chest pain in soldiers during wartime. A recent multicenter study reported that 55% of […]

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Esophageal Infections

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Which organisms are most commonly identified in esophageal infections? The most common etiologies are Candida albicans, herpes simplex virus (HSV), and cytomegalovirus (CMV). C. albicans and HSV can be seen in individuals with normal immunity, whereas CMV esophagitis is found in immunocompromised hosts. What are the typical presenting symptoms in patients with infectious esophagitis? Odynophagia […]

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