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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr12.2009.2560.
Published online 2010 April 12. doi:  10.1136/bcr.12.2009.2560
PMCID: PMC3047555
Learning from errors

Heart laceration during oesophagectomy for the treatment of oesophageal carcinoma


Oesophagectomy remains an acceptable treatment option for oesophageal cancer. However, it is associated with relatively high morbidity with potentially devastating complications, especially for patients who have undergone previous thoracic surgery. The majority of these complications, however, can be minimised by prevention and early recognition. In this report we present a case of a patient whose right ventricle was injured during the oesophagectomy. We try to analyse the reasons for this complication and establish an algorithm of preoperative planning for such cases.

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