Esophagobronchial Fistula Complicating Isolated Esophageal Crohns: A Case Report

Armand Asarian, Olubunmi Esan, Segun Adeoye


Isolated esophageal Crohns is a rare condition with few reported cases; there are even much fewer documented case reports of esophagobronchial fistula complicating esophageal Crohns. We present a case of isolated esophageal Crohns with esophagobronchial fistula presenting with hemoptysis. Diagnostic considerations and therapeutic options are detailed. We recommend chest computerized tomography (with computerized virtualization of endoluminal data when available) as the imaging modality of choice, as well as traditional studies: barium swallow, bronchoscopy and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, for a complete elucidation of all associated clinical entities. We conclude by making the case for entertaining a diagnosis of esophagobronchial or related fistulas in patients with Crohns disease who present with interval development of respiratory symptoms or signs especially when these are persistent or recurrent.

J Med Cases. 2014;5(3):143-146


Esophageal Crohn's; Esophagobronchial fistula; Hemoptysis

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