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Pediatr Surg Int. 1998 Mar;13(2-3):84-7.

The use of collagen-coated vicryl mesh for reconstruction of the canine cervical esophagus.

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  • 1Department of Paediatric Surgery, Soroka Medical Centre, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheba, Israel.


Collagen-coated vicryl mesh (CCVM) was used experimentally to patch partial and total segmental defects in the canine cervical esophagus. The esophageal healing process over a 6-month period with successful incorporation of the CCVM and esophageal wall regeneration are described. Twenty-two (91.7%) of 24 dogs survived the procedure without any evidence of esophageal stricture or dysphagia. CCVM has proved to be a suitable material for substitution of esophageal tissue in the canine model. Its clinical use in congenital and acquired esophageal lesions should be considered only pending further experimental laboratory work.

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