Simple and useful endoscopic technique in the re-establishment of esophageal patency for the treatment of a completely obstructed esophagus

Cliff K. Choong, Carlo Martinez, Bryan F. Meyers

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Abstract

Complete esophageal obstruction by benign or malignant diseases is an extremely morbid condition resulting in a very poor quality of life. Nutritional support through gastrostomy feeding or total parenteral nutrition is required to sustain life for such a patient. Re-establishment of esophageal patency allows for resumption of oral intake resulting in a marked improvement in the quality of life and avoids the complications associated with nutritional support through alternate routes. We describe a simple, safe, and effective endoscopic technique in the re-establishment of esophageal luminal patency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1519-1521
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Volume81
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2006

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