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Muhammad Aziz, Beth Floyd, Tuba Esfandyari
(Department of Internal Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, USA)
Am J Case Rep 2018; 19:545-548
Esophageal variceal band ligation (EVBL) performed by esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is a routinely performed procedure for the treatment of esophageal varices that is undertaken to control bleeding and prevent further complications. This report is of a case of a rare complication of complete esophageal obstruction following EVBL.
CASE REPORT: A 69-year-old woman underwent EVBL for esophageal varices. She subsequently presented with complete obstruction of the esophageal lumen with ulceration, which was seen on repeat EGD. Following conservative management, EGD demonstrated scarring around the ulcerated region and a patent esophagus.
CONCLUSIONS: This case report serves to remind physicians of the potential complications that may arise with the use of EVBL treatment for bleeding esophageal varices and to consider the use of a loop cutter, to grasp and remove the esophageal band to improve patient recovery.