Unique Communication: A Case Report of Acquired Esophageal Pulmonary Fistula

Ruhma Ali, Aditya Patel, Muhammad Hussain, Theodore DaCosta, Yatinder Bains, Richard Miller


Esophageal respiratory fistula represents a connection between esophagus and the respiratory system. Esophageal tracheal and esophageal bronchial fistulas are common whereas esophageal pulmonary fistula is rarely seen. We report a case of esophageal pulmonary fistula in a middle aged African American male with a history of bronchoesophageal fistula who presented with pneumonia. The diagnosis was confirmed with fluoroscopy esophagram. Management with endoscopic stent placement was planned however the patient refused treatment. A diagnosis of esophageal pulmonary fistula should be kept in mind for patients with pulmonary symptoms and dysphagia. Early diagnosis and treatment are required to prevent complications and improve quality of life in these patients.

J Med Cases. 2021;12(9):347-350
doi: https://doi.org/10.14740/jmc3746


Esophageal pulmonary fistula; Esophageal stent; Fluoroscopy esophagram; Antral gastrectomy

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