Iatrogenic pharyngoesophageal perforations treated with fully covered self-expandable metallic stents (with video)

Vivek Kumbhari, Alba A. Azola, Alan H. Tieu, Reetika Sachdeva, Payal Saxena, Ahmed A. Messallam, Mohamad H. El Zein, Patrick I. Okolo, Mouen A. Khashab

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Background: Iatrogenic pharyngoesophageal perforations are a rare but serious complication of endoscopy. Surgical and non-surgical approaches have been reported but result in a significant morbidity and extended hospital stay. Therefore, an unmet need exists for an alternative management technique. We demonstrate a new endoscopic approach for the management of iatrogenic pharyngoesophageal perforations through the use of esophageal fully covered self-expandable metallic stents (FCSEMS).

Patients and methods: Two patients who underwent flexible endoscopy each suffered a large iatrogenic perforation detected intraprocedurally. After emergency intubation, an esophageal FCSEMS was deployed in the hypopharynx and the patient admitted to the intensive care unit. On day 3, the patients underwent an esophagogastroduodenoscopy with stent removal.

Results: There was complete closure of the perforations on day 3. The patients were extubated and subsequently tolerated a soft diet. The patients were discharged home on day 4.

Conclusions: The placement of a removable FCSEMS in the setting of an acutely diagnosed perforation may be a suitable minimally invasive approach for the management of iatrogenic pharyngoesophageal perforations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)987-991
Number of pages5
JournalSurgical endoscopy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015



  • Fully covered self-expandable metallic esophageal stent
  • Hypopharynx
  • Perforation
  • Pharyngoesophageal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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