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Treatment of Traumatic Esophagopleural Fistula Using the Over-the-Scope-Clip System
Ji Hyoung Kim, Jong-Jae Park, Il Woo Jung, Sang Hoon Kim, Hee Dong Kim, Jung Wan Choe, Moon Kyung Joo, Hyun Gu Kim
Clin Endosc 2015;48(5):440-443.   Published online September 30, 2015
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Esophagopleural fistula (EPF) is a rare condition that is usually accompanied by severe infection and life-threatening morbidity. Here, we report the successful treatment of an EPF by closing an esophageal orifice using the over-the-scope-clip (OTSC) system without postprocedural complications. A 41-year-old man had serious thoracic and abdominal trauma due to a traffic accident. Computed tomography revealed findings suggestive of esophageal rupture due to Boerhaave syndrome. An emergent explorative operation was performed for primary repair with the insertion of a vacuum-assisted closure device. A postoperative upper gastrointestinal series revealed an EPF tract connecting the left pleural space and distal esophagus. We performed an endoscopic procedure using the "traumatic-type"OTSC to seal the EPF, and the esophageal orifice was completely healed 2 weeks postoperatively. The OTSC system might represent a safe and feasible modality for the treatment of EPF.


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