Background: This multicenter survey includes neonates and infants who underwent surgery for primary gastroesophageal reflux (GER) who presented with supraesophageal symptoms of unknown origin with a minimum of 12 months postoperative follow-up. Methods: A total of 726 patients underwent GER surgery in 10 European Centers in the period 1998-2002. Respiratory symptoms were present in 204 patients (28%); 135 patients (17%) had surgery under 1 year of age, and 46 of them (6.3%) because of respiratory symptoms. Surgery was performed without any previous medical treatment in 10 cases (21%). The type of procedure included 37 complete 360° wraps (80%) (Nissen, 12, and Rossetti, 25) and nine partial wraps (20%) (Thal five, Lortat Jacob one, Toupet one, others two). Gastrostomy was associated in 17 cases (37%) (6 PEG and 11 modified Stamm). No gastric emptying procedures were recorded. Results: No major intraoperative complications were reported. Six patients developed complications (13%) and a redo operation was performed in three (6.5%). Respiratory outcome after antireflux surgery was good in 35 patients (76%) and fair with significantly improved respiratory symptoms in 11 (24%). Conclusions: This multicenter survey underlines that GER has to be suspected and aggressively treated in infants with difficult-to-treat supraesophageal symptoms, and also in high-risk cases, in order to prevent major complications.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2005|
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