Esophagectomy and Acute Lung Injury

  • D. P. Park
  • D. Gourevitch
  • G. D. Perkins
Conference paper


Esophagectomy is a complex surgical procedure, with significant associated morbidity and mortality. Pulmonary complications are particularly common. This chapter will discuss the incidence, pathophysiology and treatment of acute lung injury (ALI) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) following esophagectomy. This topic is important not only in improving our postoperative care for patients undergoing upper gastrointestinal surgery, but because ALI and ARDS following esophagectomy may provide an excellent model for the study and understanding of these syndromes across all areas of critical care.


Lung Injury Acute Lung Injury Pulmonary Complication Esophageal Resection Postoperative Pulmonary Complication 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. P. Park
    • 1
  • D. Gourevitch
    • 2
  • G. D. Perkins
    • 3
  1. 1.Birmingham Heartlands HospitalBirminghamUK
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryUniversity Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation TrustBirminghamUK
  3. 3.Warwick Medical SchoolUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK

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