European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 165, Issue 9, pp 660–661

Aortoesophageal fistula due to double aortic arch and prolonged nasogastric intubation: case report and review of the literature

  • Floor van Woerkum
  • Louis Bont
  • Felix Haas
  • Matthias Freund
  • Sjef  van Gestel
Short Report

DOI: 10.1007/s00431-006-0137-9

Cite this article as:
van Woerkum, F., Bont, L., Haas, F. et al. Eur J Pediatr (2006) 165: 660. doi:10.1007/s00431-006-0137-9

Abstract

Background

The authors present a patient and describe other cases from the literature which demonstrate that prolonged use of nasogastric tubes can result in life-threatening aortoesophageal fistula formation in patients with a double aortic arch.

Conclusion

Aortoesophageal fistula (AEF) is an abnormal communication between the esophagus and the aorta. It can cause massive gastrointestinal hemorrhage. We present an infant with an operatively corrected double aortic arch, who developed this complication after prolonged nasogastric intubation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Floor van Woerkum
    • 1
  • Louis Bont
    • 2
  • Felix Haas
    • 3
  • Matthias Freund
    • 4
  • Sjef  van Gestel
    • 5
  1. 1.University Medical Centre UtrechtWilhelmina Children’s HospitalUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, University Medical Centre UtrechtWilhelmina Children’s HospitalUtrechtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, University Medical Centre UtrechtWilhelmina Children’s HospitalUtrechtThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of Pediatric Cardiology, University Medical Centre UtrechtWilhelmina Children’s HospitalUtrechtThe Netherlands
  5. 5.Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, University Medical Centre UtrechtWilhelmina Children’s HospitalUtrechtThe Netherlands