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Pill- Induced and Corrosive Injury of the Esophagus

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Who is affected by pill-induced esophageal injury? Anyone of any age who ingests caustic pills is susceptible to pill-induced injury. Reported cases range from ages 5-89. Women outnumber men by a ratio of 1.5:1. It is not uncommon for pills to stick in a normal esophagus during transit. One study showed that 36 of 49 […]

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Esophageal Cancer

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

What is the incidence of esophageal cancer in the United States, and is it changing? Esophageal cancer is relatively infrequent in the United States. The annual incidence is <10 of 100,000 population, whereas in some areas of China the annual incidence is >100 of 100,000. Over the past three decades, the incidence of distal esophageal […]

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