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J Pediatr Surg. 1987 Mar;22(3):197-9.

Deleterious consequences of gastroesophageal reflux in cleft larynx surgery.


Our series of 17 children with laryngotracheal clefts is reported. In three of four cases with a complicated postoperative course, gastroesophageal reflux (GER) has been found. Three breakdowns of the surgical repair opposed to be due to GER. Only one child with a cleft type III died, although a mortality rate of 93% is reported in the literature. GER has to be excluded before tracheoesophageal cleft surgery is undertaken.

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