Unilateral bronchiectasis and esophageal dysmotility in congenital adult tracheoesophageal fistula

Mehrdad Behnia*, Robert D. Tarver

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Tracheoesophageal fistulas (TEF) in adults are most commonly neoplastic, and very rarely congenital in nature. We report a 45-year-old Hispanic male with TEF and initial presentation of minimal hemoptysis. The patient had radiographic evidence of unilateral upper lobe (RUL) bronchiectasis, massive esophageal dilatation, and dysmotility. However, there was no evidence of esophageal malignancy, achalasia, or Chagas' disease. Bronchoscopy revealed a large TEF in the posterior wall of trachea, which was not visualized on esophagram or esophagoscopy. Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) cultures grew Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC). Our report illustrates that idiopathic, or congenital, TEF can be associated with esophageal dysmotility, adulthood bronchiectasis, and atypical mycobacterial superinfection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)620-623
Number of pages4
JournalInternal Medicine
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Bronchiectasis
  • Congenital
  • Esophageal dysmotility
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula


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