The use of collagen-coated vicryl mesh for reconstruction of the canine cervical esophagus
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- Shinhar, D., Finaly, R., Niska, A. et al. Pediatr Surg Int (1998) 13: 84. doi:10.1007/s003830050254
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Collagen-coated vicryl mesh (CCVM) was used experimentally to patch partial and total segmental defects in the canine cervical esophagus. The esophageal healing process over a 6-month period with successful incorporation of the CCVM and esophageal wall regeneration are described. Twenty-two (91.7%) of 24 dogs survived the procedure without any evidence of esophageal stricture or dysphagia. CCVM has proved to be a suitable material for substitution of esophageal tissue in the canine model. Its clinical use in congenital and acquired esophageal lesions should be considered only pending further experimental laboratory work.