The anatomy of the esophagus is unique in that it traverses the neck, chest, and abdomen. As a result, surgeons need to be familiar with the anatomy of all three of these areas to be facile and comfortable in performing esophageal surgery. Traumatic injuries to the esophagus encompass a heterogeneous group of injuries that can be iatrogenic, external, or from physiologic forces. Primary repair of traumatic injuries is preferred when possible; however, if systemic sepsis is present and esophageal resection becomes necessary due to extensive injury or inflammation, immediate reconstruction should be delayed in most cases. Successful management of traumatic esophageal injuries requires prompt and accurate diagnosis and treatment tailored specifically to both the type of injury as well as to the patient's overall clinical condition.
- esophageal trauma
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine