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Ann Thorac Surg. 2007 Feb;83(2):705-6.

Repair of large, iatrogenic, tracheo-esophageal fistulae.

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Department of Surgery, Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112, USA.


Closure of large, iatrogenic, tracheo-esophageal fistulae present a formidable technical challenge. Our method of repair is presented, which describes the exposure and subsequent closure that relies on creating a new "membranous" trachea using remnant flaps of the esophageal wall of the fistula.

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