Esophageal resection mortality

An esophageal resection is the removal of part or all of the esophagus to treat cancer or high-grade dysplasia. Dysplasia is abnormal development or growth of tissue. An esophageal resection is also known as an esophagectomy.

Complications of a esophageal resection can lead to a relatively high mortality rate.  While some patients have higher risks than others, some of these complications may be avoidable.  A lower rate may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.

About this measure

Mortality is the statistical measure of the percentage of people who die. This measure tracks the percentage of patients who had an esophageal resection and died. The second graph shows a trend over time for this measure.

Note: In this case, a lower number is better.  

Most Recent Available Data (Rate per 100)
  2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 33
National Average 5
Performance Trend (Rate per 100)
  2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1 2013 Q2 2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 33
National Average 5.55 5.55 4.46 4.46 4.46 4.46 4.46 5
Source:Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,