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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 320-322

Acute esophageal necrosis: An update


1 Department of Medicine, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City, NY, USA
2 Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA
3 Department of Medicine, Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital, Icahn School of Medicine, New York City, NY, USA

Correspondence Address:
Faisal Inayat
Department of Medicine, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College, 525 East 68th Street, New York City, NY 10065
USA
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DOI: 10.4103/1947-2714.187159

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Acute esophageal necrosis (AEN) or "black esophagus" is a rare clinical entity with an unclear etiology. It is diagnosed at upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with the presence of strikingly black necrotic esophagus. The treatment is primarily medical, but the prognosis is generally poor due to advanced age and comorbid illnesses in patients who develop AEN. Herein, we discussed the implications of poor glycemic control in regards with AEN and undertook a literature review of this rare diagnosis.


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