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Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2003 Dec;67 Suppl 1:S103-5.

Dysphagia in children: a paediatric surgical perspective.

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Department of Paediatric Surgery, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, UK.


Dysphagia in childhood encompasses all disorders of swallowing. The patient groups seen frequently in paediatric surgical practice are those with repaired oesophageal atresia, some patients with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease and those with neurological impairment. Oesophageal atresia patients frequently experience dysphagia that is most troublesome in early childhood, fortunately for most the long-term outlook is good. Gastro-oesophageal reflux may give rise to dysphagia as a result of peptic structure, dysmotility associated with oesophagitis or as a complication of anti-reflux surgery. Children with neurological impairment and swallowing problems are very difficult for their carers to manage. Gastrostomy represents a pragmatic solution to their nutritional needs.

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