Transoral closure of pharyngeal perforation caused by gastrointestinal endoscopy

Koichiro Wasano, Sayuri Hashiguchi, Noriomi Suzuki, Taiji Kawasaki, Ichirota Nameki, Hideo Nameki

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Objective: We present a case of pharyngeal perforation caused by gastrointestinal endoscopy that was successfully repaired with transoral mucosal sutures. This is the first report of a transoral surgical closure of a perforation caused by an endoscope. We describe the repair procedure, the necessary equipment, and the effectiveness of suturing pharyngeal perforations. Patient: An 87-year-old woman brought to our emergency department by ambulance because of hematemesis and endoscopic hemostasis was successfully performed. But after hemostasis, CT scan showed emphysema extending from the right lower jaw to the superior mediastinum and pharyngeal perforation was observed by laryngeal fiberscope. Intervention: Even though she had received conservative treatment, exacerbation of inflammation was observed and therefore we performed transoral surgery for closing the pharyngeal perforation. Main outcome measure: We followed up with CT scans, blood test and vital signs. Results: The pharyngeal perforation smoothly closed and exacerbation of inflammation was not observed, even after oral ingestion began. Conclusion: Transoral closure of a pharyngeal perforation is less invasive and performing this procedure at an early stage can lead to a favorable outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-117
Number of pages5
JournalAuris Nasus Larynx
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Feb
Externally publishedYes


  • Pharyngeal perforation
  • Transoral surgey
  • Weerda distending laryngoscope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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