Management of acquired tracheoesophageal fistula.

@article{Dartevelle1996ManagementOA,
  title={Management of acquired tracheoesophageal fistula.},
  author={Philippe G Dartevelle and Paolo Macchiarini},
  journal={Chest surgery clinics of North America},
  year={1996},
  volume={6 4},
  pages={
          819-36
        }
}
Acquired, nonmalignant tracheoesophageal fistulae usually result from erosion of the tracheal and esophageal walls by endotracheal or tracheostomy tube cuffs, especially when a rigid nasogastric tube is in place. This has become an infrequent occurrence with the use of high-volume, low-pressure cuffs, but it still represents a life-threatening condition. Spontaneous recovery is exceptional. Most are diagnosed while patients still are mechanically ventilated and, due to the negative effects of… CONTINUE READING

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