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2019 | 91(5) | 55-58
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Minimally Invasive Repair of Acquired Benign Thoracic Tracheo-Esophageal Fistula

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Background: Repair of large, upper thoracic, cuff-induced, tracheo-esophageal fistula (TEF) is technically demanding and is conventionally performed by open surgery. Minimal access approach is, hitherto, unreported. T echnique & Case: Minimally invasive repair of TEF involving fistula isolation – by thoracoscopic oesophageal exclusion, and simultaneous establishment of alimentary continuity – by laparoscopy-assisted sub-sternal colonic transposition, is described. The technique was successfully employed in repairing a large (4.5 centimetres), cuff-induced, upper thoracic TEF, in a 25-year-old woman. The rationale behind the technique, its pros and cons are analysed and contrasted against conventional techniques of TEF repair. Conclusion: Large upper thoracic, cuff-induced TEF can be successfully repaired employing minimal access.
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2019-03-13
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