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Thal-Hatafuku Oesophagogastroplasty

Thal-Hatafuku Oesophagogastroplasty: An Effective Option in the Palliation of Non-chagasic Megaesophagus

Application of this procedure at the University Hospital of the West Indies to treat patients with non-chagasic megaesophagus yields satisfactory early results and provides an option to more radical procedures.


The palliation of patients with megaesophagus secondary to achalasia of the cardia presents significant challenges to the surgeon. Experience with palliation of megaesophagus secondary to Chagas’ disease suggests that options other than cardiomyotomy or oesophagectomy can result in satisfactory outcomes. A small series of patients with non-chagasic megaesophagus who were treated with a gastroesophagoplasty procedure is discussed.

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e-Published: 06 Jun, 2013
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