Esophageal stricture due to recurrent mucositis in a patient with acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Karadaǧ-Öncel E., Kenç Ş., Aytaç S., Aydemir Y., Hizal G., Yüce A., ...More

Turkish Journal of Pediatrics, vol.55, no.1, pp.116-117, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 55 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Journal Name: Turkish Journal of Pediatrics
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.116-117
  • Keywords: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Child, Esophageal stricture
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: No


An esophageal stricture is one of the complications that may develop during cancer treatment in children. Although more commonly associated with radiotherapy, recurrent mucositis has also been implicated. Presented herein is a case of a patient with acute lymphoblastic leukemia who suffered recurrent attacks of severe mucositis. Initial management of ensuing dysphagia included antifungal treatment for candida esophagitis. A subsequent upper endoscopy due to persistence of dysphagia revealed the presence of an esophageal stricture. Our aim in presenting this case is to emphasize the importance of considering a diagnosis of esophageal stricture in patients receiving anti-cancer treatment; early endoscopic intervention may be warranted in some patients.