Diagnosis and evaluation of esophageal atresia by direct sagittal CT
Direct sagittal CT is possible in newborns because of their small body-size. With this noninvasive investigation, we were able to establish a correct diagnosis in two neonates with esophageal atresia. Moreover, the demonstration of the air-filled proximal pouch and distal tracheoesophageal fistula along their whole lengths allowed exclusion of the possibility of a proximal pouch fistula and gave knowledge of the exact distance of the two segments of the esophagus needed to be bridged to allow anastomosis, thus providing additional valuable information for the surgeon preoperatively.
KeywordsPublic Health Correct Diagnosis Esophageal Atresia Tracheoesophageal Fistula Exact Distance
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- 1.Cudmore RE (1978) Oesophageal atresia and tracheooesophageal fistula. In: Rickham PP, Lister J, Irving IM (eds) Neonatal surgery, 2nd edn. Butterworths, London p 189Google Scholar
- 2.Myers NA (1975) Oesophageal atresia: diagnosis and treatment. Z Kinderchir [Suppl] 17: 18Google Scholar
- 3.Hays DM, Wooley MW, Snyder WH Jr (1966) Esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula: management of the uncommon types. J Pediatr Surg 1: 24Google Scholar
- 4.Koop CE, Hamilton JP (1968) Atresia of the esophagus: factors affecting survival in 249 cases. Z Kinderchir 5: 319Google Scholar
- 6.Howard R, Myers WA (1965) Esophageal atresia. A technique for elongation of the upper pouch. Surgery 58: 725Google Scholar