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Postpneumonectomy esophageal fistula: a combined radiological-endoscopic technique

Lookup NU author(s): Filippo Di Franco, Dr David Richardson, Professor Michael Griffin


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We report a case of a 70-year-old man who presented with a long-standing esophagocutaneous fistula following a pneumonectomy for aspergilloma. Major surgical procedures, including a pectoralis major flap reconstruction, a pedicled omental transposition and a radial forearm flap transposition, failed to obliterate the fistula. Seven years after initial surgery the esophagocutaneous fistula was successfully treated by means of a minimally invasive joint endoscopic and radiological technique. A radiographic catheter was passed through the fistula. The catheter and the guide wire were manipulated into the esophageal defect and into the upper esophagus. Under endoscopic vision, the catheter was then advanced over the guide wire and out of the patient's mouth. A T-tube was sutured to the catheter outside the mouth, pulled down through the esophagus, and into the esophageal defect and out through the chest wall, leaving the T-part of the tube within the esophagus. The patient made a good recovery and was discharged 7 days later. He was able to resume oral intake 3 weeks after the procedure.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Di Franco F, Robinson S, Richardson DL, Griffin SM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Diseases of the Esophagus

Year: 2006

Volume: 19

Issue: 1

Pages: 44-47

ISSN (print): 1120-8694

ISSN (electronic): 1442-2050

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-2050.2006.00537.x


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