A New “Ice Globe” Method for Dilating Leaking Cervical Esophageal Strictures

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Cangır A., Kahya Y., Yenigün B. M., Aktürk İ., Oto Ç.

Annals of Thoracic Surgery, vol.113, no.5, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 113 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.07.091
  • Journal Name: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Ankara University Affiliated: Yes


© 2022 The Society of Thoracic SurgeonsAn esophageal stricture may develop during healing of a large esophageal perforation. When such a stricture occurs, mechanical dilatation is the treatment of choice. As in our case, if a cervical esophageal stricture and leakage are present together, the treatment becomes even more challenging. As a new treatment method, we made spherical ice globes of various sizes using molds created with a 3D printer to treat the esophageal stricture and prevent its progression. This method can be used to safely treat leaking cervical esophageal strictures. A step-by-step of how to do it has been described.