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July 1975

Esophagogastric FistulaA Complication of Combined Operations for Esophageal Disease

Author Affiliations

From the departments of surgery (Dr. Mullen), gastroenterology (Dr. Burke), and Radiology (Dr. Diamond), Naval, Portsmouth, Va.

Arch Surg. 1975;110(7):826-828. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360130058012

Esophagogastric fistula developed in two patients following operations combining fundoplication and other operative procedures on the esophagus. To our knowledge, this complication has not been previously reported or described. Accurate endoscopy and appropriate barium roentgenographic studies provided the definitive diagnosis. A second reconstruction was successful in one patient; conservative treatment was sufficient in the other.