Megaesophagus and Recurrent Apnea in an Adult Patient with Familial Dysautonomia

Channa Maayan*, Ami Oren, Fran Goldin, Dganit Dinour, Meir Goldberg, Paul Mogle

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A 42‐yr‐old woman with familial dysautonomia (FD) presented with severe episodes of apnea during the daytime, as well as during sleep. Investigations revealed a megaesophagus and a lower esophageal constriction. These caused accumulation of food in the esophagus, resulting in recurrent aspiration and apnea which disappeared after gastrostomy. Megaesophagus, a rare complication in FD patients, can occur in other diseases with autonomic dysfunctions, and one must be aware of its potential respiratory complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)729-732
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1990
Externally publishedYes


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