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Repair of large, upper thoracic, cuff-induced, tracheo-esophageal fistula (TEF) is technically demanding and is conventionally performed by open surgery. Minimal access approach is, hitherto, unreported. T echnique & Case: Minimally invasive repair of TEF involving fistula isolation - by thoracoscopic oesophageal exclusion, and simultaneous establishment of alimentary continuity - by laparoscopy-assisted sub-sternal colonic transposition, is described. The technique was successfully employed in repairing a large (4.5 centimetres), cuff-induced, upper thoracic TEF, in a 25-year-old woman. The rationale behind the technique, its pros and cons are analysed and contrasted against conventional techniques of TEF repair.
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