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Head and Neck
Repair of esophageal perforation due to anterior cervical spine instrumentation†
Article first published online: 15 MAR 2010
Copyright © 2010 The American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, Inc.
Volume 120, Issue 4, pages 739–742, April 2010
How to Cite
Kau, R. L., Kim, N., Hinni, M. L. and Patel, N. P. (2010), Repair of esophageal perforation due to anterior cervical spine instrumentation. The Laryngoscope, 120: 739–742. doi: 10.1002/lary.20842
- Issue published online: 22 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 15 MAR 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 15 DEC 2009
- Manuscript Revised: 10 DEC 2009
- Manuscript Received: 1 SEP 2009
- Esophageal perforation;
- spinal fusion
The complication of esophageal perforation after anterior cervical spine fusion for cervical spine disease is rare but potentially fatal. We describe two cases of esophageal perforation found by esophagoscopic visualization. In one patient, primary closure could not be achieved, and a submental island flap was used to repair the defect. In the second patient, primary closure was achieved and a pectoralis major flap was interposed between the closure and the residual instrumentation. Postoperatively, both patients had no evidence of persistent perforation and had resolution of preoperative symptoms. Laryngoscope, 2010