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Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2004 Nov;2(11):978-84.

Outcomes of surgical fundoplication in children.

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Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA.



Surgical fundoplication has been recommended for children with persistent GERD. The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency of postoperative symptoms requiring medical evaluation and/or treatment after fundoplication in children with or without associated medical disorders.


In a retrospective cohort study, we reviewed the medical records of all children who underwent fundoplication during 1996-1999. Data were collected to analyze the following: (1) postoperative complications, (2) postoperative symptoms, (3) procedures performed to evaluate postoperative symptoms, (4) medical treatment, and (5) repeat surgery.


A total of 198 children underwent fundoplication, and 176 (89%) came for follow-up evaluation within 2 months after surgery. The median age at the time of surgery was 2.1 y (range, 6 mo-18 y) and the median duration of follow-up was 2.0 y (range, 1.2-4.8 y). A total of 130 (74%) children had one or more associated medical disorders including neurodevelopmental delay (70%), cystic fibrosis (8%), tracheoesophageal anomalies (8%), bronchopulmonary dysplasia (8%), and reactive airway disease (35%). Postoperatively, children with associated medical disorders had a higher frequency of lung infections (52% vs. 22%, P = .03) and dumping syndrome (2% vs. 0%, P = .05). Most children (63%) received evaluation and treatment for symptoms suggestive of recurrent reflux despite fundoplication.


Nearly two thirds of children who received fundoplication and were followed-up within 2 months after surgery either have symptoms or receive medical therapy for reflux. Fundoplication for the control of GERD in children needs further evaluation.

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