Congenital bronchoesophageal fistula in an adult—report of a rare case

  • Elamaran ElamuruganEmail author
  • Pajanivel Ranganadin
  • Jaya Velraj
  • Duvuru Ram
  • Karthik Panchanatheeswaran
Case Report


Congenital bronchoesophageal fistula (CBEF) is a rare entity in adults. Patients with CBEF present with cough and recurrent respiratory tract infection. Diagnosis is confirmed by barium esophagogram and contrast-enhanced computed tomography. Management is by surgical ligation of the fistula and repair. Concomitant lung resection procedures will be required for any coexisting lung pathology. Thoracoscopic approach can be considered in young, healthy adults where the adhesions are less.


Congenital bronchoesophageal fistula Barium esophagogram Surgical management 


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© Indian Association of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgeons 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Elamaran Elamurugan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Pajanivel Ranganadin
    • 2
  • Jaya Velraj
    • 3
  • Duvuru Ram
    • 1
  • Karthik Panchanatheeswaran
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular SurgeryMahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research InstitutePondicherryIndia
  2. 2.Department of Pulmonary MedicineMahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research InstitutePondicherryIndia
  3. 3.Department of AnesthesiologyMahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research InstitutePondicherryIndia

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