Which histologic findings are characteristic of inflammatory bowel disease esophagitis?

Updated: May 02, 2019
  • Author: Deepika Devuni, MBBS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The esophagus can be involved in Crohn disease. Aphthous ulcers are observed in the esophagus. Inflammatory strictures, sinus tracts, filiform polyps, and fistulas to adjacent structures may be observed. Histology shows diffuse and nodular lymphoid aggregates; 50% of EGD biopsy specimens show noncaseating granulomas.


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