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J Natl Med Assoc. 2002 August; 94(8): 735–737.
PMCID: PMC2594264

Acute necrotizing esophagitis: a case report.


Acute necrotizing esophagitis is rare. The exact etiology is unknown in most cases. The esophagus appears black, necrotic and ulcerated on the upper endoscopy, thus the term "black esophagus" is used. Histologically, there is necrosis of the esophageal mucosa and submucosa. Here, we present a patient with cholangiocarcinoma who had upper gastrointestinal bleeding and was found to have acute necrotizing esophagitis on the upper endoscopy.

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