Cytomegalovirus infections are associated with a high mortality rate after liver transplantation, but they are treated successfully by administration of the combination of ganciclovir plus intravenous immunoglobulin. We herein describe cytomegalovirus esophagitis in a patient having gastrointestinal symptoms such as dysphagia, retrosternal pain and epigastralgia after liver transplantation was detected by performing the surveillance of endoscopy. At first, the findings of endoscopy that were segmental erosive areas but no ulcerative areas on the esophageal lumen were unusual in this case of cytomegalovirus infections, but cytomegalovirus esophagitis was confirmed by cytomegalovirus immunohistochemical stain using biopsies. The patient was treated by ganciclovir at an oral dosage of 5mg/kg twice a day for 2 weeks. Our experience suggests that cytomegalovirus esophagitis should be taken into consideration when a patient has gastrointestinal symptoms such as dysphagia, retrosternal pain and epigastralgia and has endoscopic findings such as segmental erosions on the esophageal lumen despite having no cytomegalovirus-specific endoscopic findings such as ulcerative lesions.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2005|
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