Korean J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg.  2008 Aug;41(4):520-522.

Primary Aortoesophageal Fistula: A case report

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  • 1Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, East-West Neo Medical Center, Kyung Hee University College of Medicine, Korea.
  • 2Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Kyung Hee University Medical Center, Kyung Hee University College of Medicine, Korea. bskim16@khu.ac.kr

Abstract

Aortoesophageal fistula that causes massive bleeding from the esophagus is a rare and fatal disease. The most common cause of aortoesophageal fistula is an aortic aneurysm, and the other causes are inflammatory disease and neoplasm. The treatment of choice for aortoesophageal fistula is surgery, and this surgery carries a high rate of mortality and morbidity. Stent-graft treatment is now being applied for this malady. Herein we report on a case of primary aortoesophageal fistula that was treated with primary repair of the fistula openings, and we include a review of the relevant literature.

Keyword

Fistula; Aorta; Esophagus
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