Diagnosis of penetrating cervical esophageal injuries.

  title={Diagnosis of penetrating cervical esophageal injuries.},
  author={John A Markus Weigelt and Erwin R. Thal and W. Snyder and Richard E. Fry and Dr. Edgar Meier and William J. Kilman},
  journal={American journal of surgery},
  volume={154 6},
Arterial injuries pose the greatest early threat to the patient with penetrating neck trauma and esophageal injuries, the greatest late threat. Clinical evaluation reliably identifies 80 percent of esophageal injuries, which, in our opinion, is not adequate. In 118 minimally symptomatic or asymptomatic patients with penetrating neck trauma, the combination of esophagography with esophagoscopy identified all 10 esophageal injuries in 118 patients with penetrating neck trauma. These data suggest… CONTINUE READING


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