Symptomatic mucocele of a surgically excluded esophagus


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SUMMARY. Isolated esophageal segments following esophageal bypass surgery may develop into mucus-filled dilatations (mucoceles) of the esophagus. They usually remain small and asymptomatic. This report describes a patient who developed a symptomatic esophageal mucocele 1 year after surgical exclusion of the thoracic esophagus for Boerhaave's syndrome.