Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

Antegrade and Retrograde Endoscopy for Treatment of Esophageal Stricture

Buy Article:

$70.00 + tax (Refund Policy)

Total or near-total esophageal stricture results from multiple processes. Traditional treatment with wire cannulation followed by serial dilation is often contraindicated due to poor visualization and the risk of perforation. We seek to demonstrate that combined antegrade and retrograde endoscopy are useful for treatment of total or near-total esophageal strictures. The gastrostomy tube is removed and the tract dilated. A standard endoscope is passed retrograde to the stric-ture. An antegrade endoscope is advanced until transillumination across the stricture is visualized. A biopsy forceps or needle is used to traverse the stricture in an antegrade fashion. The tract is cannulated with a stiff wire that is then brought out through the gastrostomy site. The stricture is serially dilated. The gastrostomy tube is replaced, and a nasogastric tube is left across the stricture for 3 to 4 weeks. The endoscope is withdrawn and an 18 or 20 Fr gastrostomy tube is left in place. A total of three patients with total esophageal strictures were treated using combined antegrade and retrograde esophagoscopy. All three patients regained the ability to swallow secretions. Importantly, there were no instances of esophageal perforation. This technique has broader application, including combination with minilaparotomy for patients without retrograde access. Further research is needed to determine durability of stricture dilation.
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
No Article Media
No Metrics

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: From Division of General Surgery, Section of Surgical Sciences, the 2: Department of Otolaryngology, and the 3: Department of Otolaryngology, and the, Department of Cancer Biology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

Publication date: August 1, 2008

More about this publication?
  • The Southeastern Surgical Congress owns and publishes The American Surgeon monthly. It is the official journal of the Congress and the Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, which all members receive each month. The journal brings up to date clinical advances in surgical knowledge in a popular reference format. In addition to publishing papers presented at the annual meetings of the associated organizations, the journal publishes selected unsolicited manuscripts. If you have a manuscript you'd like to see published in The American Surgeon select "Information for Authors" from the Related Information options below. A Copyright Release Form must accompany all manuscripts submitted.
  • Information for Authors
  • Submit a Paper
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Membership Information
  • Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more