Tracheoesophageal fistula: An unusual presentation of upper airway obstruction

Thomas R. Gildea*, Arti J. Choure, Malcom M. DeCamp, Atul C. Mehta, Alejandro C. Arroliga

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A 35-year-old female athlete presented with increasing dysphagia and dyspnea. Initial investigations led to a diagnosis of achalasia; she was treated with calcium channel antagonists without improvement and was sent to the pulmonary department for further investigations. Abnormal spirometry raised questions of variable intrathoracic obstruction, and flexible bronchoscopy revealed a congenital "H"-type tracheoesophageal fistula. She was referred to surgery for transtracheal resection and repair of the fistula.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-157
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Bronchology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005


  • Achalasia
  • Flow volume loop
  • Spirometry
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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