T-tube management of late esophageal perforation

Irfan Qadir, Aga Khan University
Hasnain Zafar, Aga Khan University
Mubashir Zareen Khan, Aga Khan University
Hasanat Sharif, Aga Khan University


Esophageal perforation is a serious condition with a high mortality rate. Management strategy of such a patient depends on the extent of perforation and the time interval between perforation and diagnosis. The use of a T tube to treat delayed esophageal perforation with complete resolutionand no need for future definitive surgery has been less frequently described. We adapted this principle in successful management of a 73 year old patient with four days history of fever, shortness of breath, chest pain and radiologicalevidence of perforation