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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 100-102

Cervical esophageal perforation during gastroscopy in adults: Case report – Report of two cases

Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Apollo Hospitals International Limited, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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Apurva Shah
Department of Gastroenterology, Apollo Hospitals International Limited, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/am.am_84_18

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Cervical esophageal perforation is rare and associated with a high morbidity and mortality >20% if misdiagnosed. At least half of the perforations are iatrogenic, mostly related to endoscopic instrumentation used in the upper gastrointestinal tract. We describe two cases of cervical esophageal perforations during negotiating the cricopharynx. Both patients had malignant stricture in mid and lower esophagus, respectively, and developed iatrogenic perforation during palliative metallic stenting – one of the two by a pediatric gastroscope. Both the patients were diagnosed as having esophageal perforation in the first 6 h after procedure and successfully managed with medical management. Patients with small perforations and minimal extraesophageal involvement may be managed with nonoperative treatment.

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