Treatment of esophageal perforations and anastomotic leaks with self-expanding plastic stents in the mid- or distal-esophagus has been well-described. We report the case of a 69- year-old male who suffered an iatrogenic dissection of the hypopharynx and cervical esophagus in an effort to dilate a hypopharyngeal stricture. His surgical management was aided successfully by the placement of a Polyflex self-expanding plastic stent within the cervical esophagus above the upper esophageal sphincter. The stent was left in place for 12 days, and the site of esophageal injury appeared to be completely healed upon removal.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Jul 1 2007|
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