"Black esophagus": A rare complication of shock

Yosef S. Haviv, Constantin Reinus, Joseph Zimmerman

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An 83-yr-old man was admitted to our hospital in a state of shock. Twenty four hours after his admission, he started to pass fresh blood from his nasogastric tube. Upper endoscopy revealed diffuse, confluent blackening of the esophageal mucosa. A repeated endoscopy, after hemodynamic stabilization, demonstrated a striking improvement with granulation tissue. Caustic injury and viral or fungal infections were ruled out by history, clinical features, and appropriate tests. We suggest that in this elderly patient, a state of shock resulted in ischemic infarction of the esophageal mucosa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2432-2434
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Nov 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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