Comparative anatomical study of the anterior and posterior mediastinum as access routes after esophagectomy

R. P. Coral, M. Constant-Neto, I. S. Silva, A. N. Kalil, R. Boose, T. Beduschi, T. F. Gemelle

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Esophagectomy is the main option for treatment of esophageal cancer. Among the subjects of surgical interest is the use of anterior versus posterior mediastinum to permit reconstruction of the alimentary tract. We performed postmortem measurements in order to analyze the lengths of both routes. For each route (anterior and posterior) we performed two measurements. The first one was called anatomical route and the second was named as surgical route. Both routes begin at the cricoid cartilage. The anatomical route goes to the celiac axis and the surgical route goes to the gastroduodenal artery. Our results show that in both routes the posterior mediastinum is a shorter way to reach the cervical region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)236-238
Number of pages3
JournalDiseases of the Esophagus
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 27 2003



  • Esophagectomy
  • Route of reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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