Leaks, strictures, and necrosis: A review of anastomotic complications following esophagectomy

Stephen D. Cassivi

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Since the first reports of esophageal resection for the treatment of various esophageal diseases and disorders, morbidity related to the anastomosis and the chosen replacement conduit have remained a frequent nemesis, a constant concern, and an ongoing area of research and experimentation. In this review of this key component of esophageal resection, an analysis is presented of the most frequent complications related to the anastomosis and conduit: anastomotic leak, conduit necrosis, and conduit stricture. In each case, a review of the current pertinent literature and experience is reported with a view to providing management recommendations to minimize or prevent occurrences, to improve timely diagnosis and to best treat these complications when they arise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-132
Number of pages9
JournalSeminars in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2004


  • Anastomotic leak
  • Conduit necrosis
  • Esophagectomy complications
  • Stricture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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