Broncho-esophageal fistula is a rare clinical condition which can be manifested with non-specific signs and symptoms.

INTRODUCTION: Broncho-esophageal fistula is a rare clinical condition which can be manifested with non-specific signs and symptoms. PRESENTATION OF A CASE: Here, we report an adult case of a broncho-esophageal fistula in a 43-year-old man referred for chronic cough after fluid food intake and weight loss. Barium swallow, esophagogastroduodenoscopy, bronchoscopy and Computed Tomography of the chest demonstrated a broncho-esophageal fistula between the apical segmental bronchus of the lower right lobe and the middle section of the esophagus. The patient underwent video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery for resection of the fistula. No post-operative complications occurred. DISCUSSION: Broncho-esophageal fistula in adults is rare and its diagnosis is often delayed due to the frequent lack of specific symptoms. Although there is no standard protocol, the most widely used treatment is thoracotomy with identification and dissection of the fistula tract followed by repair of bronchial and esophageal defects. CONCLUSIONS: Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery appears to be an effective and minimally invasive approach for the treatment of broncho-esophageal fistulas, especially in young, healthy subjects.

Thoracoscopic treatment of a broncho-esophageal fistula: A case report / Ginesu, Giorgio Carlo; Feo, Claudio; Cossu, Maria Laura; Ruiu, Francesca; Addis, Francesca; Fancellu, Alessandro; Fois, Alessandro Giuseppe; Paliogiannis, Panagiotis; Porcu, Alberto. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SURGERY CASE REPORTS. - ISSN 2210-2612. - 28:(2016), pp. 74-77. [10.1016/j.ijscr.2016.09.013]

Thoracoscopic treatment of a broncho-esophageal fistula: A case report

GINESU, Giorgio Carlo;FEO, Claudio;COSSU, Maria Laura;RUIU, Francesca;ADDIS, Francesca;FANCELLU, Alessandro;FOIS, Alessandro Giuseppe;PALIOGIANNIS, Panagiotis;PORCU, Alberto
2016

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Broncho-esophageal fistula is a rare clinical condition which can be manifested with non-specific signs and symptoms.
INTRODUCTION: Broncho-esophageal fistula is a rare clinical condition which can be manifested with non-specific signs and symptoms. PRESENTATION OF A CASE: Here, we report an adult case of a broncho-esophageal fistula in a 43-year-old man referred for chronic cough after fluid food intake and weight loss. Barium swallow, esophagogastroduodenoscopy, bronchoscopy and Computed Tomography of the chest demonstrated a broncho-esophageal fistula between the apical segmental bronchus of the lower right lobe and the middle section of the esophagus. The patient underwent video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery for resection of the fistula. No post-operative complications occurred. DISCUSSION: Broncho-esophageal fistula in adults is rare and its diagnosis is often delayed due to the frequent lack of specific symptoms. Although there is no standard protocol, the most widely used treatment is thoracotomy with identification and dissection of the fistula tract followed by repair of bronchial and esophageal defects. CONCLUSIONS: Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery appears to be an effective and minimally invasive approach for the treatment of broncho-esophageal fistulas, especially in young, healthy subjects.
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