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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 45-48

Transhiatal isoperistaltic colon interposition without cervical oesophagostomy in long-gap oesophageal atresia

Department of Pediatric Surgery, Goztepe Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul Medeniyet University, Istanbul, Turkey

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Prof. Cigdem Ulukaya Durakbasa
Department of Pediatric Surgery, Goztepe Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul Medeniyet University, 34722, Istanbul
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ajps.AJPS_95_17

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Background: Oesophageal colonic interposition in oesophageal atresia (OA) patients is almost exclusively done as a staged operation with an initial oesophagostomy and gastrostomy followed by the definitive surgery months later. This study presents a series of patients in whom a cervical oesophagostomy was not performed before the substitution surgery. Patients and Methods: Records of EA patients were evaluated for those who underwent colon interposition without cervical oesophagostomy. Results: There were five patients: three with pure EA and two with proximal tracheo-oesophageal fistula. A delayed primary repair could not be performed because of intra-abdominally located distal pouch. The mean age at the time of definitive operation was 5.54 (±2.7) months and the mean weight was 6.24 (±1.3) kg. A right or a left colonic segment was used for interposition keeping the proximal anastomosis within the thorax. The post-operative results were quite satisfactory within a median follow-up period of 33.2 months. Conclusion: Avoiding cervical oesophagostomy and its inherent complications and drawbacks is possible in a subset of patients with long-gap EA who underwent colonic substitution surgery. This approach may be seen as an extension of the consensus that the native oesophagus should be preserved whenever possible, because it uses the native oesophagus in its entirety.

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