oa South African Medical Journal - Duplication of the oesophagus : report of a case in an infant

Volume 27, Issue 41
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



1. The successful removal of an oesophageal cyst (duplication of oesophagus) from an infant aged 9 months is reported. 2. Common symptoms were dyspnoea and wheezing very like asthma, most liable to occur soon after a feed. At other times, fever, cough and dyspnoea suggested pneumonia. 3. Histologically the cyst lining was typical of intestinal mucous membrane but ciliated epithelium was also present. 4. Recent reports suggest that these cysts are more common than previously realized and that they are really duplications of the intestine. 5. Photomicrographs are reproduced which show both intestinal and bronchial types of mucous membrane lining the cyst.

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