Early detection of complications: anastomotic leakage

Seok Whan Moon, Jae Jun Kim, Deog Gon Cho, Jae Kil Park


Anastomotic leakage (AL) is one of the most critical and detrimental complications in esophageal surgery. Early diagnosis and timely therapeutic action are necessary if patients are to avoid AL-related problems. However, there is no gold standard or consensus for early diagnosis. In this review, we focus on summarizing the definition and types of AL and modalities for early diagnosis of AL after esophagectomy.