Esophagocutaneous drainage to treat late and complicated esophageal perforation.

  title={Esophagocutaneous drainage to treat late and complicated esophageal perforation.},
  author={S. E. Larsson and Gosta P. Pettersson and Vincenzo Lepore},
  journal={European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery},
  volume={5 11},
Five patients with complicated esophageal perforation--three with spontaneous rupture, one with dehiscence after resection of a diverticulum, and one with an iatrogenic lesion--were successfully treated by esophagocutaneous drainage of the esophageal perforation. At thoracotomy, after careful debridement and cleaning of the mediastinum and pleura, a T-tube drain was placed in the esophagus through the perforation in addition to pleural drains. A feeding jejunostomy and a gastrostomy was carried… CONTINUE READING