Pediatric Surgery International

, Volume 12, Issue 8, pp 552–555 | Cite as

Surface electrogastrography in children with esophageal atresia

  • W. Cheng
  • L. Spitz
  • P. Milla
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Surface electrogastrography was performed in 18 patients with esophageal atresia (EA) and 10 normal controls to investigate the possible role of a congenital enteric nerve defect as a cause of gastroesophageal reflux (GER), which is common after repair of EA. The means of the dominant frequencies and ranges of the frequency distribution were compared. The dominant frequencies (0.047+/-0.007 Hz) in the EA group did not differ significantly from those of the controls (0.050±0.007 Hz,P >0.1), although 2 patients had bradygastria and 2 had tachygastria in the EA group. The range of the frequency distribution was significantly wider in the EA group compared with normal children (P = 0.002). The wide frequency distribution in children with EA suggests disturbed electrical activity of the stomach, which could be associated with poor electromechanical coupling and, hence abnormal gastric contraction.

Key words

Electrogastrography Gastroesophageal reflux Esophageal atresia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Cheng
    • 1
  • L. Spitz
    • 2
  • P. Milla
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Paediatric Surgery, Department of SurgeryQueen Mary Hospital, The University of Hong KongPok Fu Lam RoadHong Kong
  2. 2.Paediatric Surgery Unit, Institute of Child Health, and Department of Paediatric SurgeryGreat Ormond Street Hospital for ChildrenLondonUK
  3. 3.Gastroenterology Unit, Institute of Child Health and Department of GastroenterologyGreat Ormont Street Hospital for ChildrenLondonUK

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