March 1976

The Endoscopic Diagnosis of an Aortoduodenal Fistula

Author Affiliations

From the Public Health Service Hospital, San Francisco (Dr M. Baker and Dr B. Baker), and Mary's Help Hospital, Daly City, Calif (Drs Fisher and van der Reis). Dr B. Baker is now in private practice.

Arch Surg. 1976;111(3):304. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360210098023

• An aortoduodenal fistula is a serious complication of aortic reconstructive surgery. This article describes a case in which the diagnosis of an aortoduodenal fistula was made by upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. The endoscopic finding of a vascular prosthesis within the duodenum allowed immediate surgical intervention and control of the gastrointestinal hemorrhage.

(Arch Surg 111:304, 1976)