Profili, Stefano and Feo, Claudio F. and Cossu, Maria Laura and Scanu, Antonio Mario and Scognamillo, Fabrizio and Meloni, Francesco and Scaglione, Mariano and Meloni, Giovanni Battista (2008) Effective management of intrathoracic anastomotic leak with covered self-expandable metal stents. Report on three cases. Emergency Radiology, Vol. 15 (1), p. 57-60. eISSN 1438-1435. Article.
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Intrathoracic anastomotic leakage is one of the major complications of esophageal surgery that can lead to high mortality rate. Depending on the clinical presentation, therapeutic options include surgical reintervention and conservative management with or without external drainage or stenting. In this paper, we report a series of three patients, two men and one woman, mean age of 55.6 years (range 34–68 years), having intrathoracic anastomotic leak after esophagogastrectomy treated by insertion of four covered self-expandable metal stents performed exclusively under fluoroscopic view. Complete resolution of the leakage was obtained in all patients. Despite the limited number of patients, conservative management of intrathoracic anastomotic leaks with covered self-expandable metal stents performed under fluoroscopic guidance has proved to be rapid, safe, and effective in all cases of this series.
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