Retropharyngeal Perforation With an Esophageal Dilator: A Case Report

Gregory J. Blair, Robert Hsiung

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Esophageal "bougie" dilators are frequently used during esophageal surgeries to facilitate reconstruction and manipulation of the esophagus. Insertion of such dilators is usually a blind technique and not without risk. We present a case of retropharyngeal wall perforation resulting from esophageal dilator misplacement in a patient undergoing laparoscopic Heller myotomy and reconstruction. This case report demonstrates the importance of communication between surgery and anesthesiology teams during placement of devices into the oropharynx.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)170-171
Number of pages2
JournalA & A case reports
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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