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Dysphagia megalatriensis
  1. B. T. Le Roux,
  2. M. A. Williams
  1. Thoracic Unit, University of Natal, Durban, Natal, South Africa


    Death from haematemesis is recorded in a patient with a giant left atrium which had caused dysphagia of such severity that a plastic naso-gastric feeding tube had been introduced and retained for some days. Vascular causes of dysphagia are briefly reviewed. It is thought that the rarity of dysphagia with left atrial enlargement justifies its recognition by a new term.

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