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Zeitschrift für Kinderheilkunde

, Volume 117, Issue 4, pp 275–280 | Cite as

Spinal and costal abnormalities in congenital atresia of the esophagus

  • F. Janssen
  • H. Kemperdick
Article

Abstract

The frequency of spinal and costal anomalies in infants with congenital esophageal atresia is demonstrated in 20 cases. Abnormal numbers of vertebral bodies in the thoracic and lumbar spine were found in 50% of the patients. The maximum number of thoraco-lumbar vertebrae was 19. Malformations of the vertebral bodies were frequent (35%). 13 pairs of ribs were found in 25% of the cases. Because these anomalies are easily recognized in radiographs they can provide additional hints in suspected esophageal atresia.

Key words

Esophageal atresia Vertebral hypersegmentation Vertebral malformation 

Zusammenfassung

Die Häufigkeit von Wirbelsäulen-und Rippenanomalien bei Kindern mit Ösophagusatresie wird an 20 Fällen demonstriert. Eine abnorme Zahl von Wirbelkörpern der thorakalen und lumbalen Wirbelsäule fand sich bei 50% der Patienten. Die höchste Zahl thorakolumbaler Wirbel war 19. Fehlbildungen der Wirbelkörper waren häufig (35%). 13 Rippenpaare fanden sich bei 25% der Fälle. Weil diese Anomalien im Röntgenbild leicht zu erkennen sind, können sie als zusätzliche Hinweiszeichen bei Verdacht auf Ösophagusatresie dienen.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Janssen
    • 1
    • 2
  • H. Kemperdick
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyChildren's Hospital, University of DüsseldorfDüsseldorf
  2. 2.Universitäts-KinderklinikDüsseldorfGermany

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