Pedicled jejunal interposition for long gap esophageal atresia.


Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. Electronic address: [Email]


OBJECTIVE : Long gap esophageal atresia (LGEA) represents 10% of all esophageal atresias but can be complex to manage. Jejunal interposition (JI) has been recommended as the operative management of choice when esophageal ends cannot be opposed. We report our experience using the pedicled jejunal interposition technique with comparison to patients undergoing primary repair of LGEA.
METHODS : This was a retrospective analysis of all patients managed for LGEA at our unit between 2003 and 2017 with comparison between pedicled jejunal interposition and primary repair.
RESULTS : 10 patients were treated with pedicled jejunal interposition and 9 patients underwent primary repair (including one Foker procedure performed elsewhere). Patient demographics and short term outcomes were similar between the two groups, but less anastomotic stricturing and gastroesophageal reflux were observed in the JI group.
CONCLUSIONS : This is the largest published series of pedicled jejunal interposition from the UK. Our results support continued use of this procedure with good long term graft function. It is our recommendation that pedicled interposition grafts are used in all patients requiring extensive dissection or tension to achieve opposition for primary repair.
METHODS : Retrospective study.


Esophageal atresia,Jejunal interposition,Long gap esophageal atresia,