Esophageal perforation: A rare complication of transesophageal echocardiography in a patient with asymptomatic esophagitis

Kabir Ahmed, Yasir Lal, Steven Condron

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a commonly used procedure in patients with suspected endocarditis. A rare but dreadful complication of this procedure is perforation of the esophagus. We report the case of an elderly female with multiple comorbidities, who presented with polyarticular septic arthritis. TEE was performed to rule out endocarditis. Though the standard procedure protocol was followed, she developed esophageal perforation. It was managed with esophageal stenting but she developed multiorgan failure and did not survive. This case highlights the potential of severe morbidity and mortality associated with TEE. Appropriate screening must be done and high-risk individuals must be identified before such procedures are attempted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)760-764
Number of pages5
JournalCase Reports in Gastroenterology
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Esophageal perforation
  • Esophageal stenting
  • Esophagitis
  • Transesophageal echocardiography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Esophageal perforation: A rare complication of transesophageal echocardiography in a patient with asymptomatic esophagitis'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this