Potti C, Natour AK, Woodward A, and Kabbani L. Primary aortoesophageal fistula from metallic bristle ingestion. J Vasc Surg Cases Innov Tech 2022; 8(1):77-80.
J Vasc Surg Cases Innov Tech
Although many patients are treated for the removal of ingested foreign objects each year, ingestions that perforate the esophagus and lead to intra-abdominal complications are rare. Aortoesophageal fistulas and aortic pseudoaneurysms are deadly complications of esophageal foreign body impaction. However, the surgical approach to aortic repair from foreign object damage has not been standardized. We have described the diagnostic, open surgical, and therapeutic approach to treating a man who had accidentally ingested a 3-cm metallic bristle that lodged in his aortic wall. The patient recovered after excision of the aortic pseudoaneurysm with CryoGraft (CryoLife, Inc, Kennesaw, Ga) replacement, drainage of abscesses, and antibiotic treatment for multiple infections.