Korean J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg.  1998 Jan;31(1):77-81.

Treatment of Esophagojejunostomy Leakage with Expanding Stent

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  • 1Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, St. Mary's Hospital, Catholic University Medical College, Korea.

Abstract

It would be possible to manage the intestinal anastomotic failure with intraluminal stenting, but its reports are very rare. We experienced a effective and dramatic improvement of esophago-jejunal anastomotic leak in a esophageal and gastric double cancer patient with intraluminal stenting. The intraluminal stenting was tried at the 28th postoperative day and the anastomotic leak and inflammatory signs were disappeared about 3 weeks later. Postoperative 11th months now, the stent was moved about 1 cm downward but not changed further, and he enjoys regular diet without any problems. And we think the stenting would be helful with some limitations in the intestinal anastomotic leak patient.

Keyword

Esophageal neoplasm; Postoperative conplication; Fistula; Stents

MeSH Terms

Anastomotic Leak
Diet
Esophageal Neoplasms
Fistula
Humans
Stents*
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