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Functional outcome after surgical treatment of esophageal perforation.
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PMID:  9436543     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The functional results after treatment of intrathoracic esophageal perforations have been poorly documented. METHODS: A retrospective review of 42 patients who underwent treatment of intrathoracic esophageal perforation associated with benign esophageal disease was performed. RESULTS: Of 42 patients treated for esophageal perforation, 25 underwent primary repair, 15 underwent esophagectomy and reconstruction, 1 underwent cervical esophagostomy and drainage followed by esophageal resection, and 1 had drainage alone followed by primary repair. Among the patients treated with primary repair, at least one additional operation was required in 13 patients. Of the 15 patients treated with esophagectomy and reconstruction, none required further operative treatment. Follow-up averaged 3.7 years, and of the 36 survivors available for follow-up, 18 (50%) required at least one esophageal dilation postoperatively, and 3 (8.3%) have required regular dilations. Subjectively, 19 of 36 patients (53%) indicate that their swallowing is better than before perforation, it was the same in 12 (33%), and worse in 4 (11%). CONCLUSIONS: In conclusion, approximately one third of patients surviving primary repair of esophageal perforations have continued difficulty with swallowing, which often requires esophageal dilations or esophageal reconstructive procedures, or a combination of both. Optimal long-term results are achieved when primary repair is performed in patients with motor disorders or a "normal" esophagus. Esophagectomy is a better option in those patients with strictures or diffuse esophageal disease.
M D Iannettoni; A A Vlessis; R I Whyte; M B Orringer
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of thoracic surgery     Volume:  64     ISSN:  0003-4975     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Thorac. Surg.     Publication Date:  1997 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-02-10     Completed Date:  1998-02-10     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  15030100R     Medline TA:  Ann Thorac Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1606-9; discussion 1609-10     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Surgery, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor 48109, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Esophageal Perforation / physiopathology,  surgery*
Follow-Up Studies
Middle Aged
Retrospective Studies
Treatment Outcome

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