All of the cases of acute esophagitis in this series, as well as the reports in the literature, were found at autopsy.
For the greater part it followed various operative procedures, particularly on the gastro-intestinal tract, and serious medical conditions, as cardiovascular diseases, and infections.
No definite etiologic factor is known. Several contribute. Reports in the literature implicate vomiting, the Levin tube, shock, arteriosclerosis, affections of the brain, severe general and local infections and pneumonia. It is difficult to place the blame anywhere definitely. Possibly many factors are at work.
The lesion is a very acute process accompanied by necrosis and desquamation.
There are no symptoms to indicate its presence, aside from the suggestion offered by vomiting of blood stained fluid.
There is no special form of treatment for this condition.
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Bloch, L. Acute ulcerative esophagitis. Jour. D. D. 7, 407 (1940). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02997384
- Peptic Ulcer
- Cerebellar Ataxia
- Polymorphonuclear Leucocyte
- Kern Icterus