Recurrent and acquired tracheoesophageal fistulae (TEF)—minimally invasive management
Recurrent and acquired fistulae are a serious complication of congenital esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) repair and foreign body ingestion (FBI) (e.g., button battery). We report our experience with a minimally invasive approach to recurrent and acquired TEF.
Medical records of patients referred for management of recurrent and acquired TEF between 2003 and 2015 were reviewed retrospectively. Patients underwent endoscopic procedures (de-epithelization of fistulous tract and fibrin tissue adhesive-TisseelR) under general anesthesia.
Nine children (7 male, 2 female) with age range 3months to 3years (mean 1.5year) were managed. TEF closed spontaneously in four patients, whereas in 5 patients the TEF closed after combined endoscopic procedure. Three patients required repeat endoscopic procedures. Follow-up ranged between 7months to 10years (mean 4.2years).
Active observation and repeat combined endoscopic procedures are safe alternatives to open surgical repair of acquired and recurrent TEF.
J Pediatr Surg
(2017). Recurrent and acquired tracheoesophageal fistulae (TEF)—minimally invasive management. J Pediatr Surg, 17(3), 1-3.
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