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Esophageal injury

The most common cause of esophageal injury is foreign bodies, as well as damage caused by instruments during esophagoscopy for various purposes, including the removal of a foreign body. Instrumental damage to the esophagus is also described with its bougieurage, cardiodilation, intubation and insertion of the probe. Other causes, such as compression and wounding of the neck and chest organs with firearms and knives, surgery, compressed gas damage, hydraulic injuries and spontaneous (pressure) ruptures are much less common. It should be noted that the number of observations of spontaneous ruptures of the esophagus continues to increase steadily. More than 80% of spontaneous gaps occur in men aged 50-60. They occur with a sharp increase in intra-esophageal pressure during vomiting and coordination of the esophageal sphincter as a result of severe alcohol intoxication or central nervous system disease (Komarov B.D. et al., 1981). Very rarely, a spontaneous rupture of the esophagus occurs when coughing, sneezing, laughing and during stress during an act of defecation. In the vast majority of cases, the gap is localized directly above the diaphragm on the left, where the oblique smooth muscle layer is the thinnest and, in general, the esophagus wall is weak. With a pressor rupture of the esophagus, the muscular membrane is first torn. If the gap is limited to it, an intramural exfoliating hematoma occurs. In these cases, subsequent rupture of the mucous membrane is possible. With a simultaneous rupture of all layers of the esophagus, the mediastinal pleura is usually damaged.

Esophagitis probably predisposes to an isolated rupture of the mucous membrane. The gap is usually linear, with a length of 1 to 4 cm. Very rarely, it spreads to the subphrenic part of the esophagus with a breakthrough into the abdominal cavity.

Esophageal ruptures associated with an increase in intra-esophageal pressure occur in the form of casuistic observations when a strong stream of gas and water gets into the oropharynx, which causes an involuntary opening of the pharyngeal-esophageal pulp with closed esophagocardial sphincter. They are also observed with closed blunt trauma to the neck and chest.

Gunshot wounds of the esophagus, like injuries with knives, are rare, since simultaneous injuries of the spine, aorta, large venous trunks and heart lead the victim to death at the site of the injury.

It is appropriate to note that such a seemingly innocent and often used in self-help technique, such as swallowing bread crusts or pieces of dense food when stuck in the esophagus and pharynx of foreign bodies, can lead to their penetration into the wall of the esophagus and the development of serious consequences (Rozanov B .C, I960).

The complications arising from an esophageal injury, according to the clinical course, can be divided into moderate to severe complications. The first include esophagitis and an abscess of the wall of the esophagus, which opens into its lumen; the second group includes periesophagitis, mediastinitis, sepsis, damage to the bronchi and blood vessels, as well as osteomyelitis of the cervical vertebrae with the development of cerebrospinal meningitis.

A foreign body that has been in the lumen of the esophagus for a more or less long time, and even more so has invaded its wall, inevitably causes progressive complications. The development of complications is directly dependent on the length of stay of a foreign body. The longer the foreign body remains in the esophagus, the more often and more dangerous the complications. It follows from this that it is impossible to procrastinate with the removal of a foreign body, despite the described individual casuistic observations, when foreign bodies remained in the esophagus for a long time and without serious consequences.

The clinical picture. Gaps (perforations) of the esophagus caused by firearms or cold steel, as well as instrumental ones, when a foreign body is removed, are manifested by a sharp deterioration in the general condition.
There is shock or collapse, a sharp pallor of the skin, cyanosis of the mucous membranes, a drop in cardiac activity and blood pressure; cold sweat and severe pain during breathing appear. When the cervical esophagus is wounded, the neck area is localized, sharply restricting the mobility of the head. A wound in the thoracic region is accompanied by pain in breathing, radiating to the interscapular space. Injury of the lower esophagus leads to the appearance of protective tension of the abdominal press in the epigastric region.

Perforation of the esophagus is accompanied by the rapid development of subcutaneous emphysema, sometimes spreading widely to the face, scalp, chest, and abdomen. Emphysema occurs as a result of the ingestion of ingested air through a perforated hole in the surrounding loose fiber. With limited emphysema of the mediastinum, an X-ray examination plays a large role in its recognition, in which Belkina's symptom can be established - the appearance of vertically located strips of enlightenment in the region of the esophageal tissue (Figure 5.9).

The experiments showed that for the appearance of air in the peri-esophageal tissue, a perforation hole in the esophagus about 1 mm2 in size is enough (Belkina N.P., 1951).

Phlegmon of the esophagus and mediastinitis develop with lightning speed. In some cases, death from sepsis occurs after 1 - 2 days.

With the development of mediastinitis, the condition of patients is assessed as severe and extremely severe. They feel severe pain behind the sternum, radiating to the neck, interscapular space, or to the epigastric region. Breathing shallow, frequent; tachycardia is noted, the pulse is weak to filiform; blood pressure decreases; the skin is pale, mucous membranes of cyanotic color; bad breath. Body temperature is elevated, there is a high neutrophilic leukocytosis with a sharp shift of the leukocyte formula to the left, a significant increase in ESR. Physical studies can establish the expansion of the mediastinum, the presence of effusion in the cavity of the pericardium and pleura, the purulent nature of which is determined by puncture.

Of the more rare complications, esophageal-bronchial fistulas, spinal lesions (usually in the cervical spine), with the development of cerebrospinal meningitis, cervical radiculitis and plexitis should be noted.

A terrible and almost always fatal complication is bleeding from large vessels adjacent to the esophagus. Bleeding is most often secondary in nature - they occur when the vascular wall is involved in the inflammatory process, followed by ulceration. Most often, the source of bleeding is the aorta, which is in close proximity to the esophagus for a considerable extent.

Bleeding from the aorta does not always lead to rapid death. In many patients, with the onset of bleeding and a drop in blood pressure during the development of collapse, a clot forms, temporarily covering the place of perforation in the aortic wall. In this interval, mediastinal hematoma and often hemothorax are formed. Bleeding resumes after a few hours or days and sooner or later ends in disaster. However, these patients are characterized by multi-stage intervals of temporary well-being. Such observations give hope for their salvation by using the entire arsenal of modern surgery.

The treatment of damage to the esophagus and its complications in most cases is surgical. Only with esophagitis or with a limited abscess caused by shallow damage to the wall of the esophagus, it is possible to limit ourselves to conservative therapy, carried out under close monitoring of clinical dynamics under systematic control. At the same time, along with adequate antibiotic therapy and diet therapy, iodinol or its analogue, amyloiodine, is useful.
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