A simple technique of oblique anastomosis can prevent stricture formation in primary repair of esophageal atresia

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Background: Anastomotic stricture is an important problem after esophageal atresia (EA) repair. This study evaluates a technique of oblique esophageal anastomosis without use of a flap in order to prevent stricture formation. Methods: Medical records of 16 patients (14 with EA type III and 2 with EA type IV Ladd-Gross classification) who underwent primary repair of EA at birth without anastomotic tension were reviewed, evaluating long-term follow-up results. All patients were studied with esophageal contrast study, pH-multichannel intraluminal impedance, and endoscopy. The incidence of complications and their management were analysed. Results: Contrast esophagogram and esophagoscopy always showed regular patency of the suture line. Conclusions: Our technique of oblique anastomosis is simple, safe, and effective in preventing stricture formation even in the long-term follow-up.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1767-1771
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Publication statusPublished - 2012


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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