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Minimally invasive Heller's myotomy in children: safe and effective.
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PMID:  19433168     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to review a single institution experience of minimally invasive Heller's myotomy in pediatric patients with achalasia. METHODS: An institutional review board-approved retrospective review from 1999 to 2005 identified patients 18 years old and younger who underwent a minimally invasive Heller's myotomy for achalasia. RESULTS: Twenty-six patients were identified with a mean age of 15 (range, 4-18 years). There were 11 female and 15 male patients. There were 3 intraoperative complications (2 esophageal mucosal injuries and 1 aspiration). There was no mortality. All 26 surgeries were completed laparoscopically. Two patients had Dor fundoplication, whereas 23 patients had Toupet fundoplication. Average length of hospital stay was 2.7 days (range, 1-4 days) excluding the 3 patients with intraoperative complications and 3.5 days for all patients (range, 1-17 days). Postoperative follow-up ranged from 0 to 75 months (mean, 20 months). Postoperatively, one patient developed reflux symptoms (incidence 4%). Seven patients (27%) had recurrence of symptoms at a mean of 13 months (range, 1-66 months) after their operation. CONCLUSIONS: Laparoscopic Heller's myotomy with fundoplication is a safe and effective treatment of symptomatic achalasia in the pediatric population. Complications were low in this group of patients and comparable to other published reports in the literature.
Johanna R Askegard-Giesmann; Jayleen M Grams; Angela M Hanna; Corey W Iqbal; Swee Teh; Christopher R Moir
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pediatric surgery     Volume:  44     ISSN:  1531-5037     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Pediatr. Surg.     Publication Date:  2009 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-05-12     Completed Date:  2009-10-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0052631     Medline TA:  J Pediatr Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  909-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn 55905, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Esophageal Achalasia / surgery*
Follow-Up Studies
Fundoplication / methods
Gastroesophageal Reflux / prevention & control,  surgery
Intraoperative Complications
Laparoscopy / methods*
Retrospective Studies
Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive
Treatment Outcome

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