Esophageal perforations after forceful dilatation in achalasia.


The reported incidence of esophageal perforation after forceful dilatation in achalasia is between 1-5%. Over the past nine years we have treated five patients with this complication. After demonstrating the perforation with a Gastrografin swallow, a left posterolateral thoracotomy is made. The full-thickness laceration is sutured in two layers. A Heller… (More)


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@article{Slater1982EsophagealPA, title={Esophageal perforations after forceful dilatation in achalasia.}, author={G. Slater and Arthur Sicular}, journal={Annals of surgery}, year={1982}, volume={195 2}, pages={186-8} }