Diaphragmatic hernia after conventional or laparoscopic-assisted transthoracic esophagectomy.

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BACKGROUND Diaphragmatic herniation is a rare but morbid complication after esophagectomy. This retrospective study estimates its incidence after transthoracic esophagectomy and describes the clinical spectrum of diaphragmatic herniation. METHODS Between February 1, 1997, and June 31, 2007, 355 consecutive patients with esophageal cancer underwent… (More)

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