Thorac cardiovasc Surg
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1700886
Review Article
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

The Way to Man's Heart Is through the Stomach

1  Department of General Surgery, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Amersham, United Kingdom
Rohin Francis
2  The Hatter Cardiovascular Institute, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom
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Publication History

10 July 2019

17 September 2019

Publication Date:
22 November 2019 (online)


Organ systems do not exist in a vacuum. However, in an era of increasingly specialized medicine, the focus is often on the organ system alone. Many symptoms are associated with differential diagnoses from upper gastrointestinal (GI) and cardiovascular medical and surgical specialties. Furthermore, a large number of rare but deadly conditions cross paths between the upper GI tract and cardiovascular system; a significant proportion of these are iatrogenic injuries from a parallel specialty. These include unusual fistulae, herniae, and embolisms that transcend specialties. This review highlights these conditions and the shared anatomy and embryology of the two organ systems.