Diagnosis, assessment, and management of surgical complications following esophagectomy

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2018 Dec;1434(1):254-273. doi: 10.1111/nyas.13920. Epub 2018 Jul 8.


Despite improvements in operative strategies for esophageal resection, anastomotic leaks, fistula, postoperative pulmonary complications, and chylothorax can occur. Our review seeks to identify potential risk factors, modalities for early diagnosis, and novel interventions that may ameliorate the potential adverse effects of these surgical complications following esophagectomy.

Keywords: anastomotic leak; chylothorax; complications; esophageal cancer; fistula.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anastomotic Leak* / diagnosis
  • Anastomotic Leak* / therapy
  • Esophagectomy / adverse effects*
  • Esophagus / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases* / diagnosis
  • Lung Diseases* / etiology
  • Lung Diseases* / therapy