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Dis Esophagus. 2007;20(5):444-8.

Nonoperative treatment of four esophageal perforations with hemostatic clips.

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Department of General and Visceral Surgery, Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany.


Spontaneous or iatrogenic esophageal perforations are despite advances of modern surgery and intensive care medicine still potentially life-threatening events with a considerable mortality rate. Recently, encouraging results on the sealing of esophageal perforations by placement of endoluminal prostheses were reported. However, if the perforation is very proximal (close to the larynx) or very distal (involving the cardia), the situation is to our experience unsuitable for stent therapy. In these special cases non-operative treatment is still possible by application of hemostatic metal clips. We present four cases unsuitable for stent therapy where the perforation was sealed by endoscopic clip application. All patients had an uneventful recovery. Non-operative treatment of esophageal perforations with hemostatic metal clips is feasible and safe in cases not treatable with self-expanding metal stents.

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