Pericardial repair of a tracheal laceration during transhiatal esophagectomy

Lyall A. Gorenstein, James G. Abel, G. Alexander Patterson

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Transhiatal esophagectomy has recently been popularized for both benign and malignant esophageal disease. While we were performing a transhiatal esophagectomy for a squamous cell cancer of the upper third of the esophagus, a tear in the membranous trachea near the carina occurred. This was repaired through the cervical incision with a free pericardial patch. This solution to a potentially catastrophic complication of transhiatal esophagectomy gave a satisfactory result without early or late postoperative respiratory complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)784-786
Number of pages3
JournalThe Annals of thoracic surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1992


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