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Anesth Analg. 2004 Jul;99(1):41-4.

Late presentation of esophageal injury after transesophageal echocardiography.

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  • 1Department of Anesthesia, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157-1009, USA. dmacg@wfubmc.edu

Abstract

Esophageal injury is a rare complication of intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) associated with cardiac surgery. We report two cases of delayed presentation (2 and 6 days after surgery) of esophageal injury that were likely due to TEE. The differential diagnosis of postoperative pleural effusion or anemia must include esophageal injury from TEE, even 6 days after the procedure.

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