Esophagus Perforation

Q) Elderly healthy male with impacted denture. Removed endoscopically. Pt developed fever, dyspnoea and respiratory distress over 24 hrs. X-ray revealed Lt hydrothorax and mediastinal emphysema.

a) ICD and NG feeds

b) ICD and TPN

c) Cervical esophagectomy, FJ, debridement, ICD

d) Debridement, primary repair with buttress and ICD

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Modified Nissen’s fundoplication

Q ) Modified Nissen's Fundoplication

a) 2700 anterior wrap around esophagus

b) 2400 wrap

c) 3600 wrap over > 52 Fr for 1 – 2 cm

d) 600 wrap over 42 Fr for 4 cm



Nissen fundoplication is complete 360 degree but has high incidence of gas bloat. To counter this modification done to wrap over 52 F tube for 1-2 cm

Belsey - Left thoracotomy, mobilization of distal esophagus and stomach, hiatus opened from above,  fundus is brought 270 degrees around distal esophagus. Then the whole assembly is brought down and crura is repaired.

Hill procedure - No fundoplication is done

Toupet is anterior fundoplication either 240 degree or 270 degree.


Foreign body esophagus

Q) True about foreign body in esophagus

a) Sharp objects should be operated and not retrieved

b) Lead batteries should be removed

c) Most common impacted foreign bodies are dentures

d) Contrast examination of esophagus should be done before endoscopy




Sharp objects can be removed over overtubes and not always require surgery. Lead batteries can corrode and decay in the stomach or intestine and should always be removed. Most common impacted foreign bodies are food boluses above a pathological narrowing and require endoscopic break up

Contrast examination is not always required and might complicate things

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Siewert classification for GE junction tumors

Q) According to Siewert classification tumors at GE junction are

a) Type I

b) Type II

c) Type III

d) Type IV

Answer (free for all)

Answer b

Type I   Lower  (centre located within between 1-5cm above the anatomic OGJ)

Type II Real GE junction  (within 1cm above and 2cm below the OGJ)

Type III  (2-5cm below OGJ)

This classification has only 3 subtypes

According to the Siewert-Stein classification,

Type I tumour 25% approx

Type II - Most common 49%

Type III was present in 25%

This classification helps in deciding the operative management and unified pre op classificationT

Types of Surgery

Type I cancer--depending of the size of the tumour--distal 2/3 oesophagectomy with the resection of the proximal lesser curve of the stomach or total gastrectomy  or THE

In patients with types II and III cancers total gastrectomy


Esophagus perforation

Q) A 45 year old man who has been drinking regularly for the past 15 years vomits after a large meal and complains of severe chest pain. Cardiac cause is ruled out and boerhavve's syndrome is suspected. Which of the following is not true about this condition

a) Gastrograffin tests will confirm the diagnosis

b) Perforation is most common in the left lower end

c) Exploration and full thickness suturing of perforation should be done

d) This condition has a high morbidity and mortality if not diagnosed at time

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