Postoperative alkaline reflux esophagitis is a potentially devastating complication after total gastrectomy. The advent of the Rouxen-Y reconstruction has significantly decreased the incidence of this complication. However, when reflux esophagitis occurs, it is often refractory to medical treatment. Even though surgical revision of the Roux-en-Y anastomosis is the management option of choice, affected patients (especially those with advanced metastatic cancers) are often poor surgical candidates. We describe a novel treatment of refractory alkaline reflux esophagitis in a patient after radical total gastrectomy with Roux-en-Y reconstruction for advanced gastric carcinoma. Radiologic placement of a percutaneous jejunostomy tube into the proximal jejunal limb resulted in significant symptomatic relief by external diversion of the pancreaticobiliary drainage, and the procedure was associated with minimal discomfort. Nonsurgical pancreaticobiliary diversion should be considered in those patients with refractory alkaline reflux esophagitis that occurs after total gastrectomy.
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