Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2004; 52(1): 57-59
DOI: 10.1055/s-2004-815804
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Closure of a Cervical H-Type Tracheoesophageal Fistula

T. Suzuki 1 , T. Narisawa 1 , H. Tanaka 1 , Y. Hirai 2 , Y. Sanada 2 , M. Chiba 2
  • 1Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Showa University Fujigaoka Hospital, Yokohama, Japan
  • 2Department of Pediatric Surgery, Showa University Fujigaoka Hospital, Yokohama, Japan
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Publication History

Received September 1, 2003

Publication Date:
04 March 2004 (online)


Congenital H-type tracheoesophageal fistulae in adults are infrequent. In surgery, the essential components (defining, cutting, and suturing the fistula, and preventive interposition of muscle flap) must be performed precisely. We undertook these procedures through a small collar incision. Based on results of preoperative images, the fistula was identified under minimum dissection between the trachea and esophagus. After cutting and suturing the fistula, a sternohyoid muscle flap was interposed.


M. D. Takashi Suzuki

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