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- Received February 10, 1986
- Revision received June 9, 1986
- Accepted July 8, 1986
- Published online April 1, 1987.
- Kenneth G. Lehmann, MD*,1,
- Deborah N. Blair, MD1,
- Barry N. Siskind, MD1 and
- Daniel Wohlgelernter, MD1
- ↵*Address for reprints: Kenneth G. Lehmann, MD, Cardiology Section (111C), Long Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center, 5901 East 7th Street, Long Beach, California 90822.
Esophagoatrial fistula formation is a rare and heretofore fatal event. A patient presented with esophageal reflux and stricture that later developed into a right atrial-esophageal fistula during biweekly esophageal dilation. Clinical recognition and surgical therapy led to a successful outcome. There were several unique features of this case, including fistulous connection to the right rather than the left atrium, concomitant hydropneumopericardium and esophagoatrial fistula, occurrence during esophageal dilation and surgical cure.
- Received February 10, 1986.
- Revision received June 9, 1986.
- Accepted July 8, 1986.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation