Type A esophageal atresia: a critical review of management strategies at a single center

Sathyaprasad Burjonrappa, Eva Thiboutot, Julie Castilloux, Dickens St-Vil

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Purpose: The purpose of was to study the short- and long-term outcomes in the management of isolated esophageal atresia with different operative strategies. Methods: All patients undergoing type A atresia repair over a 15-year period were included. Demographic data, birth weight, gestational age, incidence of associated anomalies, management, and long-term outcomes were studied. Results: Fifteen patients with type A atresia (9 male) were treated in the study period. The mean gestational age was 35.5 weeks (range, 27-39 weeks), and the mean birth weight was 2179 g (range, 670-3520 g). Eight babies had associated anomalies. Thirteen patients underwent gastrostomy as the initial procedure, and 2 underwent the Foker procedure. In the delayed management group, 9 patients underwent primary anastomosis, with 2 patients needing proximal pouch myotomy. Two patients underwent a Collis gastroplasty. Two patients underwent a cervical esophagostomy and a gastric tube replacement at 4 months and 1 year, respectively. Eight patients (60%) in this group had anastomotic leaks. All patients are currently on prokinetics and proton pump inhibitors. Seven required antireflux surgery. The median length of hospital admission was 4 months (range, 3-19 months). The native esophagus was preserved in 13 (85%) of 15 babies. All patients are alive, and 14 of 15 are capable of feeding orally. Conclusions: Type A esophageal atresia continues to be associated with significant morbidity despite advances in surgical technique and intensive care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)865-871
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Collis gastroplasty
  • Esophagomyotomy
  • Gastric tube replacement
  • Isolated esophageal atresia
  • Primary repair

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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