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Surgical revision of dysfunctional colonic interposition after esophagoplasty

The redundancy and dysfunction of colonic interpositions is a recognized late complication of esophageal replacement, often occurring decades after the original surgery. A 34-year-old man, whose long-gap esophageal atresia was corrected as a child with large bowel interposition, presented with severe dysphagia and recurrent aspiration pneumonia. Imaging and endoscopy revealed a grossly abnormal and dysfunctional neo-esophagus. Symptoms were refractory to medical therapies, and necessitated occupational retirement on medical grounds. His case illustrates a successful surgical technique for correcting this complication.

Kayvan Shokrollahi, Paul Barham, Jane M Blazeby, Derek Alderson