Esophageal Atresia: Nutritional Status and Energy Metabolism to Maximize Growth Outcome

Gloria Pelizzo, Francesca Destro, Giorgio Giuseppe Orlando Selvaggio, Luciano Maestri, Margherita Roveri, Alessandra Bosetti, Barbara Borsani, Erica Pendezza, Milena Meroni, Andrea Pansini, Enrico La Pergola, Giovanna Riccipetitoni, Annalisa De Silvestri, Hellas Cena, Valeria Calcaterra

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BACKGROUND: Long-term negative sequelae of esophageal atresia (EA) may induce poor growth and impaired nutritional status in childhood. We describe the nutritional profile and energy metabolism of children with repaired EA to identify malnutrition risk factors and optimize growth management. METHODS: Twenty-one children (>4 years) were included, and anthropometric measurements, nutritional assessment, and energy metabolism were considered. The subjects were defined as undernourished if they met BMI <-2 standard deviation (SD). To grade undernutrition, we defined the prevalence of underweight, stunting, and wasting (cut-off level of
Original languageEnglish
JournalChildren (Basel, Switzerland)
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 14 2020


  • dysphagia
  • energy metabolism
  • esophageal atresia
  • feeding difficulty
  • growth
  • malnutrition
  • nutritional status


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