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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Esophagectomy has previously been the gold standard for patients with mucosal adenocarcinoma in Barrett's esophagus (Barrett's carcinoma, BC). Because of the minimal invasiveness and excellent results obtained with endoscopic resection (ER), the latter has become an accepted alternative. However, few data have so far been published(More)
BACKGROUND Esophageal perforations and postoperative leakage of esophagogastrostomy are considered to be life-threatening conditions due to the development of mediastinitis and consecutive sepsis. Vacuum-assisted closure (VAC), a well-established treatment method for superficial infected wounds, is based on a negative pressure applied to the wound via a(More)
BACKGROUND Prevention, early recognition and an adequate management of perioperative complications in resectional oesophageal surgery are the keys to an increased safety of these complex procedures. RECOGNITION, DIAGNOSTICS, MANAGEMENT AND TREATMENT Preoperative registration and - if required - pretreatment of specific risk factors can considerably(More)
UNLABELLED Knowledge of the risk of lymph node metastases is critical to planning therapy for T1 esophageal adenocarcinoma. This study retrospectively reviews 75 T1a and 51 T1b tumors and correlates lymph node metastases with depth of tumor invasion, tumor size, presence of lymphovascular invasion, and tumor grade. OBJECTIVES Increasingly, patients with(More)
INTRODUCTION The incidence rates for adenocarcinoma (AC) of the esophagus have risen rapidly in Western nations, whereas the incidence rates for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) have remained nearly stable. There are studies about body mass index, smoking, alcohol, and development of AC or SCC. The aim of this study was to evaluate differences in(More)
INTRODUCTION Identifying gastroesophageal reflux disease as the cause of respiratory and laryngeal complaints is difficult and depends largely on the measurements of increased acid exposure in the upper esophagus or ideally the pharynx. The current method of measuring pharyngeal pH environment is inaccurate and problematic due to artifacts. A newly designed(More)
PURPOSE Respiratory complications are responsible to a high degree for postoperative morbidity and mortality after Ivor-Lewis esophagectomy. The etiology of respiratory failure is known to be multifactorial with preoperative impaired lung function being the most important one. The aim of this study was to investigate the correlation between preoperative(More)
OBJECTIVE Our aim was to compare outcome of vagal-sparing esophagectomy with transhiatal and en bloc esophagectomy in patients with intramucosal adenocarcinoma or high-grade dysplasia. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Intramucosal adenocarcinoma and high grade dysplasia have a low likelihood of lymphatic or systemic metastases and esophagectomy is curative in most(More)
BACKGROUND Ischemia of the gastric conduit remains an important complication of esophagectomy and is associated with an increased risk of anastomotic leak and sepsis. We report a group of patients with multiple comorbid conditions and an ischemic gastric conduit that was successfully managed by a delayed esophagogastrostomy. STUDY DESIGN Between 2000 and(More)
BACKGROUND Leaks of the esophagus are associated with a high mortality rate and need to be treated as soon as possible. Therapeutic options are surgical repair or resection or conservative management with cessation of oral intake and antibiotic therapy. We evaluated an alternative approach that uses self-expandable metallic stents (SEMS). METHODS Between(More)