Tracheo-oesophageal fistula and pre-operative mechanical ventilation.

  title={Tracheo-oesophageal fistula and pre-operative mechanical ventilation.},
  author={Padraig S. J. Malone and Edward Matthew Kiely and A. J. S. Brain and L. Spitz and Russell J Brereton},
  journal={The Australian and New Zealand journal of surgery},
  volume={60 7},
Twelve patients with tracheo-oesophageal fistula (TOF) and restrictive lung disease necessitating pre-operative ventilation are reported. Eight patients had respiratory distress syndrome, four had aspiration pneumonia, and 11 had associated oesophageal atresia. Two patients in whom a preliminary gastrostomy was performed died. Emergency ligation of the fistula was performed in 10 patients, nine of whom survived. Following division of the fistula, respiratory function improved dramatically in… CONTINUE READING