Gastropericardial fistula: A late complication of esophageal reconstruction

Elliot L. Servais, Brendon M. Stiles, Jason A. Spector, Nasser K. Altorki, Jeffrey L. Port

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Esophageal replacement for both benign and malignant diseases commonly uses gastric tube reconstruction. A rare but potentially life-threatening late complication is the formation of a gastropericardial fistula. We describe a case of gastropericardial fistula occurring more than 20 years after esophageal reconstruction for congenital esophageal atresia. We report our surgical strategy and review the key concepts in the management of this complication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1729-1731
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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