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Plummer-Vinson Syndrome Differential Diagnoses

  • Author: Louis-Michel Wong Kee Song, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
Updated: Aug 20, 2015

Diagnostic Considerations

Other conditions to consider in the differential diagnosis of Plummer-Vinson syndrome (PVS) include the following:

  • Heterotopic gastric mucosa (inlet patch) with stricture[11, 12]
  • Pill-induced stricture
  • Hypopharyngeal bar (to differentiate from a web)
  • Inflammatory conditions associated with web formation (eg, blistering skin diseases, chronic graft versus host disease)

Differential Diagnoses

Contributor Information and Disclosures

Louis-Michel Wong Kee Song, MD Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic

Louis-Michel Wong Kee Song, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

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Specialty Editor Board

Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape Drug Reference

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Noel Williams, MD, FRCPC FACP, MACG, Professor Emeritus, Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Noel Williams, MD, FRCPC is a member of the following medical societies: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

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Chief Editor

BS Anand, MD Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Baylor College of Medicine

BS Anand, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

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Additional Contributors

Marco G Patti, MD Professor of Surgery, Director, Center for Esophageal Diseases, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Marco G Patti, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Surgical Association, American College of Surgeons, American Gastroenterological Association, American Medical Association, Association for Academic Surgery, Pan-Pacific Surgical Association, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Southwestern Surgical Congress, Western Surgical Association

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Postcricoid web. Courtesy of Alan Cameron, MD.
Upper esophageal web.
Upper esophageal web.
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