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Title: Subclavian arterio-esophageal fistula secondary to fish bone impaction: Report of a case
Authors: Leow, C.K. 
Keywords: Arterio-esophageal fistula
Foreign body
Issue Date: 1998
Source: Leow, C.K. (1998). Subclavian arterio-esophageal fistula secondary to fish bone impaction: Report of a case. Surgery Today 28 (4) : 409-411. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: A 48-year-old Indian man swallowed a fish bone and presented 1 week later with dysphagia, following a single episode of fresh hematemesis. A barium swallow demonstrated a horizontal mucosal tear at the level of the aortic arch, and computed tomography (CT) showed mediastinal emphysema and a bleeding point medial to the left subclavian artery which appeared to be contained by a surrounding hematoma. Subsequently, he developed sudden massive hematemesis and collapsed. Despite emergency surgery, the patient died. At the postmortem examination, a 1.2-cm fistula tract was found connecting the esophagus to the left subclavian artery. This case report emphasizes that a diagnosis of arterio-esophageal fistula should be considered if a patient presents with fresh hematemesis and a recent history of foreign body ingestion.
Source Title: Surgery Today
ISSN: 09411291
DOI: 10.1007/s005950050151
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