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Endoscopy can provide diversion of enteral flow (stents) and drainage of sepsis (both internally and externally).
We present the case of an 80-year-old woman who initially presented with a large symptomatic paraesophageal hernia and right-sided colon cancer. She underwent laparoscopic repair of the paraesophageal hernia and concomitant right colectomy. However, she experienced an acute early herniation of the stomach into the mediastinum with gastric outlet obstruction, requiring total gastrectomy with an end-to-side esophagojejunostomy secondary to gastric ischemia.
Six days after the last operation, she had signs and symptoms of a mediastinal leak, and CT imaging showed a very large posterior mediastinal collection (Fig. 1). Endoscopy demonstrated complete dehiscence and severe sepsis (Fig. 2), which was managed with endoscopic therapy (Video 1, available online at www.VideoGIE.org).
Endoscopic treatment took 66 days and provided complete healing with spontaneous regeneration of the esophagojejunal anastomosis, collapse of the cavity, and control of sepsis (Fig. 3).
All authors disclosed no financial relationships relevant to this publication.