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Tex Heart Inst J. 1982 March; 9(1): 105–108.
PMCID: PMC341482

Anomalous Right Subclavian Arterial Esophageal Fistula: An Unusual Complication of Tracheostomy


Fistula formation between an anomalous right subclavian artery and the esophagus is a heretofore unrecognized cause of massive upper gastrointestinal hemmorrhage. This complication may result from overinflation of an adjacent tracheostomy balloon. The following case report illustrates difficulties in diagnosis and describes the use of temporary intestinal exclusion to tamponade the bleeding esophagus.

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