Esophageal and Gastric Cardia Carcinoma: Patient Selection for Transhiatal Esophagectomy
Patients with esophageal carcinoma are often elderly and have poor nutritional and pulmonary status. Blunt transhiatal esophagectomy is an alternative surgical procedure for patients with carcinoma of the extremes of the esophagus. For the past 10 years, transhiatal esophagectomy and reconstruction with the stomach has been a choice for some patients with carcinoma of the upper or lower esophagus and gastric cardia. This report is a review of our experience with 73 patients in terms of indication and selection for this surgical procedure.
KeywordsChronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Esophageal Carcinoma Thoracic Esophagus Gastric Cardia Cervical Esophagus
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