Esophageal dilatation

Esophageal dilatation is a therapeutic endoscopic procedure that enlarges the lumen of the esophagus.[1]


It can be used to treat a number of medical conditions that result in narrowing of the esophageal lumen, or decrease motility in the distal esophagus. These include the following:

Types of dilators

There are three major classes of dilators:


Complications of esophageal dilatation include the following:


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