chapter  53
Oesophageal diseases
ByShajahan Wahed, S. Michael Griffin
Pages 16

INTRODUCTION A broad spectrum of benign and malignant conditions affects the oesophagus. This chapter concentrates on the main conditions dealt with by upper gastrointestinal surgeons and some gastroenterologists, recognizing that some patients present first to the ENT surgeon depending on the predominant symptoms. Malignant disease and several of the less common benign conditions are managed in specialist oesophagogastric centres in order to improve knowledge, achieve standardization of treatment and, most importantly, improve outcomes.