Esophageal anastomotic leaks: Preliminary results of treatment with balloon dilation

E. E. De Lange, H. A. Shaffer, T. M. Daniel, I. L. Kron

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Disruption of a cervival esophagogastric or esophagocolonic anastomosis shortly after surgery is a common complication, and fistula drainage from the leaking anastomosis may be prolonged. Narrowing of the ansatomosis apparently contributes to the development and maintenance of the fistula. Fluoroscopically guided balloon dilation of anastomotic strictures was performed in three patients with anastomotic leaks. Preliminary results suggest that the procedure is safe and promotes healing of the fistula.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-47
Number of pages3
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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