Esophagogastric dissociation versus fundoplication: Which is best for severely neurologically impaired children?

C. Gatti, G. Federici Di Abriola, M. Villa, P. De Angelis, R. Laviani, E. La Sala, L. Dall'Oglio

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Purpose: Neurologically impaired children (NIC) often have swallowing difficulties, severe gastroesophageal reflux, recurrent respiratory infections, and malnutrition. Bianchi proposed esophagogastric dissociation (EGD) as an alternative to fundoplication and gastrostomy. The authors compared these 2 approaches. Methods: Twenty-nine consecutive symptomatic NIC refractory to medical therapy were enrolled in a prospective study and divided into 2 groups: A (n = 12), NIC who underwent fundoplication and gastrostomy; B (n = 14), NIC who underwent EGD. Three were excluded because of previous fundoplication. Anthropometric (percentage of the 50th percentile/ age of healthy children) and biochemical parameters, respiratory infections per year, hospitalization (days per year), feeding time (minutes), and "quality of life" (parental psychological questionnaire, range 0 to 60), were analyzed (t test and Mann-Whitney test) preoperatively and 1 year post-operatively. Complications were recorded. Results: Compared with group A, group B presented a statistically significant increase of all anthropometric and nearly all biochemical parameters with a statistical difference in terms of respiratory infections, hospital stay, feeding time, and psychological questionnaire. In group A, 2 bowel obstructions, 1 tight fundoplication, 1 dumping syndrome, and 3 failures of fundoplication occurred. Group B presented 1 anastomotic stricture, 1 paraesophageal hernia, and 1 bowel obstruction. Conclusions: Compared with fundoplication and gastrostomy, EGD offered better nutritional rehabilitation, reduction in respiratory infections, and improved quality of life. EGD can be rightfully chosen as a primary procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)677-680
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Volume36
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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Fundoplication
Respiratory Tract Infections
Gastrostomy
Quality of Life
Dumping Syndrome
Psychology
Hiatal Hernia
Deglutition
Gastroesophageal Reflux
Malnutrition
Length of Stay
Pathologic Constriction
Hospitalization
Rehabilitation
Prospective Studies

Keywords

  • Fundoplication
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Neurologically impaired children
  • Quality of life

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  • Surgery

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Esophagogastric dissociation versus fundoplication : Which is best for severely neurologically impaired children? / Gatti, C.; Di Abriola, G. Federici; Villa, M.; De Angelis, P.; Laviani, R.; La Sala, E.; Dall'Oglio, L.

In: Journal of Pediatric Surgery, Vol. 36, No. 5, 2001, p. 677-680.

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Gatti, C. ; Di Abriola, G. Federici ; Villa, M. ; De Angelis, P. ; Laviani, R. ; La Sala, E. ; Dall'Oglio, L. / Esophagogastric dissociation versus fundoplication : Which is best for severely neurologically impaired children?. In: Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2001 ; Vol. 36, No. 5. pp. 677-680.
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