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Image finding: Dilated esophagus




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Follow-up radiograph

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The PA (postero-anterior) radiograph is only very subtly abnormal in the mediastinum. Looking through the central mediastinal density there is a suggestion of air and possibly an air fluid level in the region medial to the descending aorta. (Incidentally noted is a central venous line entering under the right clavicle and terminating in the superior vena cava). The CT scan is definitive and shows clearly the air-filled dilated esophagus posterior to the trachea. Radiodense fluid such as barium defines the esophageal space and its dilatation.

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