Delayed Esophageal Perforation Diagnosed 12 Years After Anterior Cervical Diskectomy and Fusion: A Case Report and Review of Current Literature.
Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Global Research & Reviews
Esophageal perforation associated with anterior cervical diskectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a rare but serious complication. ACDF-related esophageal perforations can be acute or delayed. Delayed perforations more than 10 years after ACDF are exceedingly rare. Here, a delayed esophageal perforation discovered 12 years after a three-level ACDF is presented. This case highlights two main points. First, all diverticula after an ACDF warrant close clinical monitoring. Second, routine follow-up should be performed for patients with screw pullout to assist in early diagnosis of delayed esophageal perforation.
Zakko P, Rontal M, Park D. Delayed esophageal perforation diagnosed 12 years after anterior cervical diskectomy and fusion: a case report and review of current literature. J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2022 Oct 13;6(10):e22.00080. doi: 10.5435/JAAOSGlobal-D-22-00080. PMID: 36227832.