CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Rep 2017; 06(01): e22-e24
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1603989
Case Report: Cardiac
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Gastrointestinal Bleed from a Left Ventricle to Colonic Interposition Graft Fistula following an Esophagectomy

Abdulwahab Al Khalifa
1   Division of Cardiac Surgery, The University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
William Gourdin McMaster Jr.
2   Thoracic Surgery Resident, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Colin Schieman
3   Division of Thoracic and Esophageal Surgery, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Richard Whitlock
4   Division of Cardiac Surgery, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Christopher Ricci
5   Department of Anesthesia, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Matthew Danter
6   Department of Cardiac Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
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Publication History

27 February 2017

24 April 2017

Publication Date:
27 July 2017 (online)


Colonic interposition grafts are commonly used as an esophageal conduit following esophageal resection. Significant morbidity is associated with this reconstruction due to the nature of the operation. Many of the complications associated with this procedure have clear management strategies; however, there is a paucity of data when it comes to managing rare complications. In this report, we discuss the presentation, operative intervention, and postoperative care of a patient who presented with a left ventricle to esophageal colonic interposition graft fistula.

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