Rapid Communication| Volume 41, ISSUE 10, e27-e29, October 2006

Tracheoesophageal fistula in a child after blunt chest trauma


      Traumatic tracheoesophageal fistula is a rare complication after blunt chest trauma, with all reported cases being more than 12 years of age. We report a 5-year-old boy with traumatic tracheoesophageal fistula after a blunt injury to the chest.

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