Successful closure of defects in the upper gastrointestinal tract by endoscopic vacuum therapy (EVT): a prospective cohort study

@article{Laukoetter2016SuccessfulCO,
  title={Successful closure of defects in the upper gastrointestinal tract by endoscopic vacuum therapy (EVT): a prospective cohort study},
  author={Mike Georg Laukoetter and Rudolf Mennigen and Philipp A. Neumann and Sameer Dhayat and Gabriele Horst and Daniel Michael Palmes and Norbert Senninger and Thorsten Vowinkel},
  journal={Surgical Endoscopy},
  year={2016},
  volume={31},
  pages={2687-2696}
}
Perforations and anastomotic leakages of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract cause a high morbidity and mortality rate. Only limited data exist for endoscopic vacuum therapy (EVT) in the upper GI tract. Fifty-two patients (37 men and 15 women, ages 41–94 years) were treated (12/2011–12/2015) with EVT for anastomotic insufficiency secondary to esophagectomy or gastrectomy (n = 39), iatrogenic esophageal perforation (n = 9) and Boerhaave syndrome (n = 4). After diagnosis, polyurethane sponges… CONTINUE READING
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