Oesophageal ischaemia: an uncommon cause of chest pain

Ayodele Sasegbon, Akram Algieder, Bashir Rameh

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A 79-year-old woman with a history of ischaemic heart disease and atrial fibrillation presented to hospital with severe chest pain. Blood tests showed an elevated D-dimer and a rise in troponin I. ECG showed right bundle branch block pattern and T wave inversion in leads V1 to V3, although these changes were present in old ECGs. A chest X-ray was done which was normal. Due to the nature and severity of her pain a CT aortic angiogram was done. This did not show any evidence of aortic dissection or a pulmonary embolism. The patient then had several episodes of haematemesis. An urgent oesophagogastroduodenoscopy was done which showed a circumferential, well demarcated area of blackened oesophageal mucosa. The patient was diagnosed with ischaemic damage to her oesophagus.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Early online date11 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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