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Late follow-up in patients with gastroschisis

Gastroesophageal reflux is common

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During a 16-year period, 60 neonates with gastroschisis were treated at the Department of Pediatric Surgery in Graz; 6 died and 54 (90%) survived. A questionnaire was sent to 45 patients, who were called for a medical examination; 31 patients (69%) came to follow-up, 26 of whom reported minor abdominal problems that could be related to gastroesophageal reflux (GER). Fifteen agreed to 24-h esophageal pH monitoring and/or upper gastrointestinal series; in 7 pathological GER could be demonstrated. Manometric studies in 6 patients revealed a motility disorder of the esophagus. Only 4 children were concerned by a disfiguring scar or the absence of a navel. Heigtt and weight were within normal limits and the children had developed normally.

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Fasching, G., Huber, A., Uray, E. et al. Late follow-up in patients with gastroschisis. Pediatr Surg Int 11, 103–106 (1996).

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