Mega-aeroesophagus in children. A sign of gastroesophageal reflux

L. E. Swischuk, C. K. Hayden, B. D. Van Caillie

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Mega-aeroesophagus or massive pheumoesophagus, visible on plain chest radiographs of children, almost invariably is associated with gastroesophageal reflux. The finding is especially common in children with cerebral palsy and/or mental retardation. Occasionally, it is seen on a transient basis in severely ill or moribund patients, but even in these cases, it is usually due to gastroesophageal reflux. Only rarely is mega-aeroesophagus seen with other problems such as distal esophageal obstruction or acute lye burns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-76
Number of pages4
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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