Diagnosis of congenital esophageal stenosis in adults and treatment with peroral endoscopic myotomy

Authors Haruo Ikeda, Haruhiro Inoue, Mary Raina Angeli Abad, Yusuke Fujiyoshi, Yohei Nishikawa, Akiko Toshimori, Mayo Tanabe, Yuto Shimamura, Kazuya Sumi, Yugo Iwaya, Anastassios Manolakis, Manabu Onimaru.


Background Congenital esophageal stenosis (CES) in adults is a rare disorder that can present as achalasia, particularly in the distal esophagus. We describe the salient features of CES in adults and identify the feasibility and short-term outcomes of peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) for CES.

Methods In this retrospective, single-center case series, we included 6 patients with a “misdiagnosis” of achalasia established elsewhere, ultimately diagnosed with CES and referred to our institution for POEM. Symptom improvement (clinical success rate), defined as an Eckardt Symptom Score (ESS) of <3 at 2-month follow up was assessed.

Results Six patients (median age: 40 [range: 18-58] years; 4 males) were included. A longstanding history of dysphagia, ring-shaped stenosis on endoscopic examination, “lopsided hourglass” sign on barium esophagogram, and high-resolution manometry findings indicated by a compartmentalized intrabolus pressure pattern with distinction between the stenotic area and the lower esophageal sphincter were the salient features identified. POEM could not be completed in the first 2 cases due to technical challenges. All subsequent 4 patients who underwent successful POEM, exhibited improved ESS of ≤3 (clinical success rate 100%) at 2 months post-POEM.

Conclusions Along with identification of salient features on several diagnostic modalities, a differential diagnosis of CES in adults must be considered in patients presenting with longstanding history of dysphagia arising from childhood and persisting into adulthood. Although favorable short-term outcomes of POEM were achieved, further evaluation is still warranted, and an inexperienced operator should not attempt POEM on CES patients due to its technical difficulties.

Keywords Congenital esophageal stenosis, diagnosis, peroral endoscopic myotomy

Ann Gastroenterol 2021; 34 (4): 493-500

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