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CASE REPORT
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 91-93

Repair of tracheo-oesophageal fistula secondary to button battery ingestion: A combined cervical and median sternotomy approach


Department of Paediatric Surgery, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Correspondence Address:
Milan Gopal
Department of Paediatric Surgery, University of the Witwatersrand, 7 York Road, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2193
South Africa
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DOI: 10.4103/0189-6725.151003

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A three-year-old child developed a large tracheo-oesophageal fistula secondary to a button battery being lodged in the upper oesophagus for 36 hours. The diagnosis was confirmed with a contrast swallow. Operative access was gained through a combined right cervical incision and complete median sternotomy. Repair of the fistula required a segmental resection of both the trachea and oesophagus followed by primary anastomosis.


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