OESOPHAGUS - Oesophageal web

This consists of the epiglottis, trachea, thyroid gland, pharynx and oesophagus. Immediately below the level of the thyroid cartilage in the oesophagus there is a transverse thin band with a maximum depth of 0.5 cm. The band does not appear to completely surround the oesophagus; a fine rod has been inserted to show the gap.
This woman was first seen with an anaemia four years before her death; no cause was found. The present admission, in March 1979, followed a blackout. Hb.88g/l; investigations disclosed no cause and she died not long after admission. At autopsy a lymphoblastic lymphoma was found, and the present specimen is an incidental finding.