Esophagopericardial Fistula After Esophagectomy Proceedings (Faculty180)

cited authors

  • Khader, Yasmin; Ghazaleh, Sami; Nehme, Christian; Burlen, Jordan; Nawras, Ali


  • Esophagectomy is the mainstay surgical treatment for esophageal carcinoma. The operation can be complicated by an anastomotic stricture, anastomotic leak, recurrent laryngeal nerve injury, conduit ischemia, and chylothorax. Rarely, esophagectomy can be complicated by fistula formation between the gastrointestinal tract and the nearby structures. We describe a case of esophagopericardial fistula after esophagectomy. A 50-year-old man presented to the emergency room with a chest pain of two-week duration associated with sweating, chills, and poor appetite. He was diagnosed with stage III esophageal adenocarcinoma four months ago. He had received neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by distal esophagectomy, partial gastrectomy, and placement of a jejunostomy tube one month before presentation. Cardiovascular examination was significant for jugular venous distention and distant heart sounds. Chest CT angiography showed pneumomediastinum concerning for anastomotic leak. Esophagram finally confirmed an esophagopericardial fistula. A drain was placed into the pericardial space followed by emergent esophageal stent placement. Eventually, he underwent a cervical esophagostomy and placement of a jejunostomy tube. The patient was later discharged home in a stable condition. In conclusion, esophagopericardial fistula is a rare adverse event of esophagectomy. Esophageal stenting could be useful as a temporary or definite treatment.


publication date

  • 2021

presented at event

start page

  • e13753


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