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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 1996;20(3):38.
Tracheoesophageal Fistula After Anterior Cervical Spine Screw/Plate Fixation -Case report-
Hyun-Yoon Ko, M.D., Byung Kyu Park, M.D. , Young-Hoon Cha, M.D.
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Pusan National University College of Medicine
경추부 내금속 이탈에 의해 발생된 식도 기도간 누공 및 경수손상 -1예 보고-
고현윤, 박병규, 차영훈
부산대학교 의과대학 재활의학교실

A tracheoesophageal fistula subsequent to anterior cervical fixation is rare. A 26-year-old man had cervical cord injury because of C7 fracture and dislocation. Anterior plate fixation and bone graft were performed. Neurologic deterioration occurred and tracheoesophageal fistula was detected about 1 year after the surgery. The cause of this fistula was due to the esophageal perforation secondary to loosened screw. Metallic implant was removed with fistulectomy. Functional status was more aggravated although neurologic status was improved after that. We report a case of tracheoesophageal fistula resulting from plate subluxation of screw after anterior plate fixation of the cervical spine.

Key Words: Tracheoesophageal fistula, Anterior fixation, Screw


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