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Eur J Pediatr Surg. 1998 Apr;8(2):75-80.

Modified Toupet wrap for gastroesophageal reflux in childhood.

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Department of Pediatric Surgery, University of Graz, Austria.

Abstract

It was the aim of our study to follow up our clientele of infants and children who had undergone a partial (posterior) Toupet wrap or modified Toupet wrap.

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All 22 children who had undergone a posterior partial wrap within a 4-year period were followed up for 4.0 years (0.6-5.7 years). 36.4% of children had associated anomalies such as operated esophageal atresia, operated congenital diaphragmatic hernia, Gregg's syndrome or arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. 14% of children suffered from some form of neurological impairment. Prior to operation the 4 main examinations for detection and documentation of gastroesophageal reflux (GER) disease were carried out where possible. Five children underwent Toupet fundoplication and in 17 children a modified Toupet fundoplication with reinforcement of the wrap fixation using a Vicryl-mesh was applied. A pH-metric study and upper gastrointestinal series with reflux testing were done in all 22 children at least 6 months postoperatively. Successful control of GER was documented in 21 of 22 children (95.5%). In the remaining child a reoperation was necessary to correct recurrence of a sliding hiatal hernia and GER. In three children (13.6%) postoperative complications occurred within the first 2 weeks following fundoplication and were managed medically. Following the postoperative 24-hour pH-metric study and the upper gastrointestinal series with reflux testing, one child with normal results at these investigations was lost to follow-up. The remaining 21 children were followed up for another 10 months to 5 years. Four children (18.2%) were found to suffer from functional complications (mild dumping syndrome, retrosternal pain, vomiting during episodes of asthma, dysphagia). No gas bloat syndrome occurred within the follow-up interval and all children were able to belch and vomit. There was no mortality in our limited series. Our series indicates that the partial (posterior) Toupet wrap and the modified Toupet fundoplication are safe and effective procedures for surgical correction of GER in children which preserve the ability of infants and children to belch and vomit.

PMID:
9617604
DOI:
10.1055/s-2008-1071125
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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