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Pediatr Surg Int. 2011 Oct;27(10):1131-3. doi: 10.1007/s00383-011-2881-9. Epub 2011 Mar 13.

Near-fatal bleeding from an aberrant subclavian artery following colonic interposition for oesophageal atresia.

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  • 1Department of Paediatric Surgery, Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa.


An unusual complication following colonic interposition for oesophageal atresia is described, where a fistula between an aberrant right subclavian artery and the colon graft caused severe haemorrhage. As in cases of aorto-oesophageal fistulae from foreign body ingestion, we experienced a 'herald'-bleed before a second near-fatal event. In such cases, the clinical assumption should be that the source of bleeding is a major artery and appropriate resuscitation including preparations for immediate thoracotomy is required. Consideration should also be given to this potential complication when using the mediastinal route for an oesophageal replacement graft.

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