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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2013, Article ID 265073, 4 pages
Case Report

Total Esophageal Avulsion at the Esophagogastric Junction after Blunt Trauma

Department of Pediatric Surgery, Medical Faculty of Dicle University, 21280 Diyarbakir, Turkey

Received 22 February 2013; Accepted 20 March 2013

Academic Editors: S. Bhatt, N. A. Chowdri, R. Hasan, H. Imura, and F. Marchal

Copyright © 2013 Ibrahim Uygun et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Total avulsion and transection of the esophagus at the esophagogastric junction are very rare after blunt trauma, and their management is challenging. Here, we present the case of a boy with this injury. To date, only two cases have been reported in children. One was treated successfully and the other died. The initial emergency operation should aim to save the life and native esophagus. Therefore, a primary or early thoracal end esophagostomy with gastrostomy should be performed, while primary repair should not be.