Esophageal Pharmacobezoar in a Patient with Achalasia: A Case Report

Hamid Tavakkoli


A few cases with esophageal bezoar have been reported in achalasia. We describe here a rare case of esophageal pharmacobezoar after ingestion of ferrous sulfate capsules in a patient with achalasia.

A 29-year-old woman presented with severe dysphagia since five days earlier. She had history of achalasia since 3 years ago but had refused any treatment option.  After about 3 weeks of ferrous sulfate capsules ingestion, she developed severe dysphagia and was referred to a gastroenterologist. Physical examination was unremarkable. A barium swallow revealed dilated esophagus and bird's beak appearance. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) showed dilated esophagus and soft black color bezoar in distal part of esophagus. The bezoar was retrieved with basket.  In the next endoscopic session, achalasia balloon dilation was successfully applied.

 Ferrous sulfate capsules can cause pharmacobezoar in patients with achalasia. Esophageal bezoar should be considered in differential diagnosis of untreated achalasia and acute exacerbation of dysphagia.


Achalasia, Esophageal bezoar, Ferrous sulfate

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