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Adults Who Survived Repair Of Congenital Oesophageal Atresia And Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula
P. Chetcuti, N. A. Myers, P. D. Phelan and S. W. Beasley
BMJ: British Medical Journal
Vol. 297, No. 6644 (Jul. 30, 1988), pp. 344-346
Published by: BMJ
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/29700372
Page Count: 3
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One hundred and twenty five adults who were born before 1969 with oesophageal atresia or tracheo-oesophageal fistula or both and were managed at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, were reviewed. Most enjoyed a normal life. Though over half had difficulties in swallowing and symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux, the symptoms occurred only occasionally and were regarded as inconsequential by most. One third of the patients had wheeze and a quarter had at least one episode of bronchitis a year, but these interfered little with daily activities. Overall, these results are encouraging for young patients with oesophageal atresia and their families.
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