Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Esophagus: esophagostomy

Contributor(s): Stephen Adams, Graham Munroe

Introduction

  • Extra-oral alimentation is an important part of post-operative care in esophageal surgery.
  • Cervical esophagostomy is an excellent method of achieving this and has several significant advantages over the alternatives.

Uses

Advantages

  • Avoids discomfort and irritation of in-dwelling nasogastric tubes.
  • Avoids deleterious influences of an intraluminal tube on esophageal wound healing.
  • Can be performed in standing sedated patient if required.

Disadvantages

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

  • Overall depends upon the primary esophageal disease or reason for surgery.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Stick J A, Derksen F J and Scott E A (1981) Equine cervical esophagostomy complications associated with duration and location of feeding tubes. Am J Vet Res 42 (5), 727-32 PubMed.
  • Freeman D E and Naylor J M (1978) Cervicalesophagostomy to permit extraoral feeding of the horse. JAVMA 172 (3), 314-320 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Fubrini S Let al(1992)Esophagus.In:Equine SurgeryEd J A Clier. WB Saunders, Philadelphia.


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