Background: Esophageal achalasia is not a frequent disorder in children and different treatments have been proposed during past decades. This study reviews the results of the laparoscopic Heller-Dor procedure performed in pediatric patients in two different surgical units. Methods: We included the patients aged <14 years with a minimum follow-up of 6 months operated on in the period 1994-2001. A single longitudinal anterior esophageal myotomy (Heller) and a 180° anterior gastropexy (Dor) were laparoscopically performed. The patients were checked to detect intra- or postoperative complications and recurrence. Results: Twenty children were operated on. Mean follow-up was 45 months (range 6-102). Postoperative clinical score was Visick 1 in 15 cases and Visick 2 in five. Conclusions: As complication and recurrence rates are very low we consider modified Heller myotomy and Dor gastropexy through a laparoscopic approach our first choice to treat esophageal achalasia in the pediatric population.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2003|
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