Dehydrated Human Amnion-Chorion Membrane (Placenta) Reinforcement of Esophagectomy Anastomosis

Daniel L. Miller, Kevin T. Watkins

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An anastomotic leak is a potentially fatal complication after esophagectomy. This report describes the use of a dehydrated human amnion-chorion membrane (dHACM) placenta allograft patch for reinforcement of an esophageal anastomosis. The anastomotic technique was a modified Orringer procedure through a right thoracotomy (Ivor Lewis procedure). The anastomosis was reinforced with dHACM placenta allograft. Use of the allograft prevented anastomotic leaks and loss of gastrointestinal integrity. Early results are promising.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e137-e139
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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