Upon improvement of hemodynamic indices the recovery of esophageal function is characteristic of acute esophageal necrosis
. However, the irreversibility and progression to decompensated cirrhosis in our patient are also typical of ischemic cholangiopathy and confer a poor prognosis .
Gurvits, "Black esophagus: acute esophageal necrosis
syndrome," World Journal of Gastroenterology, vol.
Idiopathic acute esophageal necrosis
: not necessarily a terminal event.
Acute esophageal necrosis
(AEN) is a rare disorder with an unclear etiology that is also known as "black esophagus." (1,2) A relatively newly described diagnosis, AEN was first reported by Goldenberg et al.
In light of the circumstances surrounding the death and autopsy findings, the cause of death was considered to be acute esophageal necrosis