n South African Gastroenterology Review - Black oesophagus : acute oesophageal necrosis syndrome (AEN) - a case study : review

Volume 11, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1812-1659



A 42 year old man was referred by the vascular surgeons for upper endoscopy after he had an incident of hematemesis while he was waiting for surgery. He was a type II diabetic with macrovascular disease. On endoscopy the whole oesophagus was black with grey necrotic areas in between. The black tissue ended abruptly at the gastro-oesophageal junction. Sucralfate was prescribed at that stage, but he died later that night.

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