Traumatic thoracobiliary fistula

Martin L. Rothberg, Robert R. Klingman, Dwaine Peetz, Victor A. Ferraris, William R. Berry

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Thoracobiliary fistulas are a commonly reported complication of subphrenic or liver abscesses and biliary tract obstruction. However, they are a rare and unusual complication of traumatic thoracoabdominal wounds. Due to their rarity, the experience of any one surgeon is minimal, and there is a paucity of information available in the literature regarding their treatment. We describe a case of a traumatic thoracobiliary fistula, review the existing literature, and discuss the proper management of this potentially lethal sequela of trauma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)472-475
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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