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Table 2 Surgical events and complications of surgery for adenocarcinoma of the esophagus

From: Long-term survival from adenocarcinoma of the esophagus after transthoracic and transhiatal esophagectomy

  All resections Transthoracic Transhiatal  
   n =  88 (%)  n =  33 (%)  n =  55 (%)  P 
Surgical events 11 (13) 6 (18) 5 (9) 0.318
- Recurrent nerve injury 5 (6) 3 (9) 2 (4)  
- Chylous leakage 4 (5) 2 (6) 2 (4)  
- Tracheal injury 2 (2) 1 (3) 1 (2)  
Splenectomy 16 (18) 4 (12) 12 (22) 0.197
Postoperative events     
Pulmonary failure 12 (14) 6 (18) 6 (11) 0.354
Cardiovascular events 5 (6) 0 5 (9) 0.152
Thromboembolism 6 (7) 4 (12) 2 (3) 0.192
Anastomose leakage 5 (6) 2 (6) 3 (6) 0.905
Infectious complications 38 (43) 18 (55) 20 (36) 0.121
- Pneumonia 30(34) 13 (39) 17 (32)  
- Incision 4(5) 3 (9) 1 (2)  
- Abdominal abscess 3(3) 1 (3) 2 (4)  
- Lung abscess 1(1) 1 (3) 0  
Other / minor complications 12 (14) 6 (18) 6 (11) 0.354
Patients with complications 49 (56) 21 (64) 28 (51) 0.275
Intensive care, days (range) 1 (0–69) 1 (0–69) 1 (0–65) 0.457 a
Hospital stay, days (range) 16 (3–256) 17 (10–114) 15 (3–256) 0.086 a
Mortality (in-hospital) 5 (5.7) 0 5 (9.1) 0.152
  1. a Mann–Whitney U test otherwise statistics with Fisher’s exact test.