Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Esophagotomy

Contributor(s): Trevor Bebchuck, Alasdair Hotston Moore

Introduction

Uses

Advantages

  • Allows access to foreign bodies where forceps retrieval is not possible.

Disadvantages

  • Esophagus has a reputation for poor healing resulting in an increased risk of dehiscence and stricture formation. Majority of bulky esophageal foreign bodies are retrievable with forceps using rigid hollow endoscopy or under fluoroscopic control. Most needles and fish-hooks are retrievable by these methods or by flexible endoscope. Forceps retrieval is usually preferred Esophagoscopy.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Prognosis

  • Prognosis guarded.
  • Significant risk of sepsis due to contamination of local soft tissues.
  • Well recognised incidence of post-operative esophageal stricture Esophagus: stricture.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Lüthi C & Neiger R (1998) Esophageal foreign bodies in dogs: 51 cases (1992-1997). Eur J Comp Gastroenterol (2), 7-11 VetMedResource.
  • Houlton J E F, Herrtage M E, Taylor P M et al (1985) Thoracic oesophageal foreign bodies in the dog: a review of 90 cases. JSAP 26 (9), 521-536 VetMedResource.


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