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Left ventriculo-colic fistula--a late complication of colonic interposition for the oesophagus.
  1. M. L. Pantelides,
  2. M. D. Fitzgerald
  1. Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Wythenshawe Hospital, University of Manchester School of Medicine, UK.


    An 18 year old man developed recurrent haematemesis 12 years after colonic interposition for corrosive injury to the oesophagus. A colonic ulcer close to the cologastric anastomosis appeared to have fistulated into the cavity of the left ventricle. This so far unreported complication needs to be considered when patients who have had coloesophageal substitution present with gastrointestinal bleeding.

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