Sultan K. Kadasah, Nadeem W. Malik, Abdulwahid Saeed Alqahtani, Mohammed Ali Ibrahim Alhamoud, Shahd Saeed Ali Dlboh, Abdulrahman Jobran S. Alqahtani, Adnan Saeed Q Al-Malki


Esophageal perforation is a rare but well-known complication of anterior cervical spine surgery. We present a case report of 36- year- old male presenting with gradual painful left neck swelling, tenderness, fever, rigor, and chills, four months after anterior cervical spine surgery. After doing necessary investigations the patient was operated for pus drainage and esophageal perforation was also noticed during the surgery that was repaired along with hard ware removal. Later on due to wound complications the patient was referred to another higher center, where he was re-operated. After improvement he was received back in our hospital for follow-up management and then discharged after complete recovery.


Esophageal injury; ACDF; Anterior cervical spine; Fusion; Corpectomy; Discectomy; Cervical.

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