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October 1974

Tracheoesophageal Fistula Following Blunt Trauma

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Shadyside and Western Pennsylvania hospitals, Pittsburgh.

Arch Surg. 1974;109(4):529-531. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01360040047012

Two patients with tracheoesophageal fistula are reported. The first patient developed a recognizable fistula two days after a car accident. Evidence is strong that the second patient developed his fistula following blunt trauma 24 years previously. Both were cured by surgical division of the fistula. A review of the literature indicates that when this rare complication of blunt chest trauma is recognized and treated surgically the results are usually successful.