Successful Anesthesia Management for 2-Stage Surgical Procedure of a Refractory Tracheogastric Tube Fistula After Esophagectomy

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Abstract

Tracheogastric tube fistulas are rare but fatal complications after esophagectomy. Anesthetic management for a patient with this complication is challenging because air leakage and mechanical ventilation may cause aspiration. We present a case report of the anesthetic management of a patient having 2-stage surgical repair combined with endoscopic mucosal resection for a giant carinal tracheogastric tube fistula. The first stage was separation of the gastric tube above the fistula with spontaneous breathing under local anesthesia and sedation. The second stage was complete separation and reconstruction of the digestive tract under epidural and general anesthesia with spontaneous breathing and pressure support before insertion of a decompression tube.

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