Distal oesophageal perforation following dilation of oesophageal strictures or achalasia is usually recognized soon after the event. Treatment of two patients with perforation resulting from vigorous achalasia, diagnosed within hours of the procedure, was approached by videothoracoscopic exposure and successful primary repair was achieved in both instances. Details relating to patient preparation and operative technique are presented. Both patients recovered, with normal diet being tolerated by the seventh day after surgery, were discharged on day eight and 10 and returned to normal activities within 3 weeks of surgery. The technique presented is apparently well suited to distal oesophageal perforations diagnosed early, when primary closure can be achieved safely, and significantly improves patient recovery after this often iatrogenic injury.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery|
|Publication status||Published - May 1993|
- peptic stricture
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