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Cervical inflammatory mass: a very late complication following neonatal oesophagocoloplasty for oesophageal atresia
  1. Mariana Lemos1,2,
  2. Mariana Duque1,2,
  3. Andre Lazaro2,3 and
  4. António Bernardes2,3
  1. 1General Surgery, Centro Hospitalar e Universitario de Coimbra EPE, Coimbra, Portugal
  2. 2Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
  3. 3General Surgery - Oesophago-Gastric and Obesity Unit, Centro Hospitalar e Universitario de Coimbra EPE, Coimbra, Portugal
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mariana Lemos; marianadelemos18{at}


We report the case of a man in his 40s who presented to our emergency department with a history of fever and a red, swollen and painful neck mass. Shortly following his birth, a congenital oesophageal atresia had been managed surgically with colonic interposition graft. Contrast CT of the neck revealed filling and distention of a colic stump with content of stasis and infection. The patient received intravenous piperacillin/tazobactam and parenteral nutrition. One week later, an upper digestive endoscopy was performed revealing an inflammatory-looking pseudopolypoid area immediately below the anastomosis, at the level of the proximal portion of the colon, which seemed to correspond to a complicated diverticulum with inflammation. The difficulties in reaching a definitive diagnosis and management of this condition are discussed.

  • Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • General surgery

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  • Contributors Each author has participated in the work represented by the article to take public responsibility for the content. Planning: ML and AL. Conceptualisation: ML, MD, AL and AB. Acquisition of data and reporting: ML and MD. Supervision: AL and AB. Writing: ML and MD. Review and editing: AL and AB.

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