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Microscopic repair of iatrogenic pharyngeal pouch perforations: treatment of choice

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Vinidh Paleri, Dr David Meikle, Jennifer Wilson


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Background. Endoscopic stapled diverticulostomy (ESD) has become the preferred technique for managing pharyngeal pouches. Iatrogenic perforation, created during stapling, is a rare but serious complication with significant morbidity and mortality. The conventional management in these instances is to convert it to an external procedure and excise the pouch. Methods. Iatrogenic perforations were noticed after stapling in 3 cases in our series of 73 patients who underwent ESD. They were repaired using microlaryngoscopic techniques. Results. All patients had an unremarkable postoperative course. Conclusions. Selected cases with iatrogenic perforations can be repaired primarily and observed with excellent outcome, obviating the need for an external pouch excision.

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Author(s): Paleri V, Najim O, Meikle D, Wilson JA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Head and Neck

Year: 2007

Volume: 29

Issue: 2

Pages: 189-192

ISSN (print): 1043-3074

ISSN (electronic): 1097-0347

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


DOI: 10.1002/hed.20485


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