Hungarian Radiology

[Esophageal perforation in pneumectomized patient]

SZÁNTÓ Dezső, SZŰCS Gabriella, DITRÓI Edit

OCTOBER 20, 2004

Hungarian Radiology - 2004;78(05)

[INTRODUCTION - In 58 per cent of cases the fistulas and perforations are developing in middle third part of the esophagus. CASE REPORT - A 58 year old male patient's left lung was surgically removed due to drug-resistant actinomycosis. The pneumectomy has induced mediastinal dislocation and fibrothorax. Six years later the patient complained of odyno-dysphagia and of swallowing cough. On chest plain film we observed left-sided hydrothorax and barium swallows showed perforation of esophagus at the ipsilateral side. Esophageal adenocarcinoma and exudative pleuritis were confirmed by endoscopy and by histology following thoracocentesis. CONCLUSION - In case of pneumectomized patient with swallowing cough, dysphagy and recently development of pleural fluid collection the diagnosis of esophageal perforation is likely. The pleural pain is usually missing due to postoperative indurative pleurisy.]

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