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August 1981

Free Jejunal Grafts for Reconstruction of Pharynx and Cervical Esophagus

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Otolaryngology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1981;107(8):476-481. doi:10.1001/archotol.1981.00790440016004

• Reconstruction of the pharynx and cervical esophagus is a surgical challenge associated with high complications, multiple-staged procedures, and prolonged hospitalizations. In a series of cases, single-stage transfer-free jejunal graft reconstructions had a 85% success rate with low complications in a series of patients who received preoperative, postoperative, and curative radiation treatment. There are advantages to this reconstruction procedure; however, there can also be complications.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1981;107:476-481)

The reviewers of this article have suggested that this procedure is more appropriately within the capability of only the most well-trained and proficient surgeons.—Ed.

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