Minimally invasive surgery for esophagectomy and tubularized gastric pull-up
Epublication WebSurg.com, Jun 2019;19(06). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en5634
The accidental ingestion of caustic agents is a common problem in pediatric emergency units. These agents can cause a series of damage to the upper gastrointestinal tract and can lead to an esophageal stricture. We present the case of a 4-year-old girl who was referred to our hospital for vomiting and hematemesis after ingesting a caustic solution. Physical examination revealed tongue edema and denuded buccal mucosa. Friable mucosa and esophageal ulceration were observed in the endoscopy. The patient was administered omeprazole and a nasogastric tube was placed for a week. Two esophageal strictures were observed after 3 weeks of the ingestion. The patient underwent esophageal dilatation once or twice a month during 21 months depending on the symptoms. Due to the refractory stricture, we decided to perform an esophagectomy and tubularized gastric pull-up by combining thoracoscopy, laparoscopy, and cervicotomy. In addition, we performed a jejunostomy to provide sufficient nutritional support. The patient started feeding on postoperative day 7 and she is currently asymptomatic.