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Congenital tracheocutaneous fistulas.
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PMID:  12172259     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To outline two cases of congenital tracheocutaneous fistula and discuss the potential pathogenesis of this previously unreported developmental abnormality. METHODS: Two cases of tracheocutaneous fistula evaluated at John Peter Smith Hospital (Fort Worth, TX) from May to October 2001 were reviewed. The surgical treatment of one infant is described. RESULTS: Two infants were evaluated with a congenital fistula extending from the suprasternal region of the neck dorsally to the trachea in the midline. The infants were otherwise developmentally normal with unremarkable prenatal histories. Primary surgical closure of a fistula was accomplished without complication. CONCLUSIONS: Congenital tracheocutaneous fistula appears to be an isolated developmental abnormality not associated with the same degree of morbidity as acquired tracheocutaneous fistula. The development of a congenital tracheocutaneous fistula may be the result of abnormal epidermal migration secondary to a localized midline mesodermal defect. Congenital tracheocutaneous fistula may be successfully treated with primary closure. Observation and close follow-up of asymptomatic fistulas may be reasonable.
Lance Oxford; Yadranko Ducic
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Laryngoscope     Volume:  112     ISSN:  0023-852X     ISO Abbreviation:  Laryngoscope     Publication Date:  2002 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-08-12     Completed Date:  2002-09-27     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8607378     Medline TA:  Laryngoscope     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1441-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cutaneous Fistula / congenital*,  surgery
Infant, Newborn
Respiratory Tract Fistula / congenital*,  surgery
Tracheal Diseases / congenital*,  surgery

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