Otolaryngologic management of delayed pharyngoesophageal perforation following anterior cervical spine surgery

Viengsouk Phommachanh, Yash J. Patil, Thomas V. McCaffrey, Fernando Vale, Thomas B. Freeman, Tapan A. Padhya

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Abstract

Delayed pharyngoesophageal perforation is a rare complication following anterior cervical spine surgery. Patients usually present weeks to years after surgery with vague symptoms, such as dysphagia and neck pain. We report five cases of delayed pharyngoesophageal perforation following anterior cervical spine surgery with hardware fixation. Successful surgical management of these patients required removal of hardware and closure of the defect supported with a vascularized flap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)930-936
Number of pages7
JournalLaryngoscope
Volume120
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anterior cervical spine surgery
  • Cervical spine fixation
  • Pharyngoesophageal perforation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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