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Endoscopic management of esophageal leak post-heller myotomy for achalasia cardia in children

 Department of Pediatric Surgery, Sakra World Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Anilkumar Pura Lingegowda,
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DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_206_20

A 9-year-old male child diagnosed to have achalasia cardia when he presented with a history of vomiting of undigested food particles with poor weight gain. He underwent lap Heller myotomy and Dor fundoplication. The immediate postoperative period was uneventful. After discharge, he presented with peritonitis and septic shock. On contrast-enhanced computed tomography abdomen, leak at the lower end of esophagus with intra-abdominal pus collection was identified. After intra-abdominal pus drainage and stabilizing the child, endoscopic covered stent was placed. He recovered well. Endoscopic esophageal covered stent placement is a viable and best option for a sick child with esophageal leak post-Heller myotomy.

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