Composite Reconstruction of the Esophagus and Hypopharynx after Severe Caustic Injury

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Abstract

The ingestion of caustic materials may cause burns and subsequent strictures of the esophagus. Depending on the extent of the injury, the stricture may require dilation, excision, or bypass with an esophageal replacement. There is also a risk of esophageal dysfunction, perforation, and malignancy. Here is presented a case of a burn so severe that the hypopharynx was deformed and the esophagus destroyed. Composite techniques restored complete gastrointestinal continuity while maintaining excellent swallowing function.

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