Thoracoscopic Repair of Tracheoesophageal Fistula in a Septuagenarian

Susan A. Garand, Lakshmipath Rao Kareti, Travis M. Dumont, Christopher Seip

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We report the case of a 79-year-old female with clinical and radiographic evidence of congenital H-type tracheoesophageal fistula. Past medical history included recurrent pneumonia and episodic cough with food or fluid intake. She exhibited Ohno's sign during the dysphagia evaluation. A video swallow study demonstrated evidence of aspiration. Esophagogram and bronchoscopy identified the fistulous tract. Repair of the anomaly was performed using a minimally invasive thoracoscopic approach. In our experience, excellent visualization and magnification of the anatomic field with use of thoracoscopy allowed for relative ease of dissection and resection of the tract with minimal postoperative morbidity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1899-1901
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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