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Experimental Surgery
January 1972

Visceral Pleural Patch for Support of Esophageal Anastomosis

Author Affiliations

Hartford, Conn
From the department of Surgery, Hartford (Conn) Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1972;104(1):87-89. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180010081021

Creation of large esophageal suture line defects in dogs resulted in postoperative death of 80% of the control animals. Immediate repair of such defects with a patch of adjacent pleural surface of lung was followed by recovery of 90% of the animals. When lung patch repair of esophageal defects was delayed 6 hours after creation of the defects all of the animals survived, but when this repair was delayed 24 hours no animal survived.