Tracheoesophageal Fistula

Posted On 2021-08-20 16:53:57

This series on “Tracheoesophageal Fistula” is edited by Tutku Soyer, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey.

Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) is an anomalous communication between trachea and esophagus. It can be either congenital or acquired. Although, congenital TEFs are usually associated with esophageal atresia, acquired TEFs may have wide range of causes including foreign body aspiration, malignancy and irradiation. The diagnosis of TEF is challenging and requires high index of suspicion in patients with atypical symptoms. The treatment of TEF is surgical and depends on the anatomical localization.

The series “Tracheoesophageal Fistula” was commissioned by the editorial office, Current Challenges in Thoracic Surgery without any sponsorship or funding. Tutku Soyer is serving as the unpaid Guest Editor for the series.