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Total esophagogastric dissociation (TEGD) in neurologically impaired children: the floor to parents

Updates Surg. 2022 Sep 21. doi: 10.1007/s13304-022-01384-5. Online ahead of print.


Total esophagogastric dissociation (TEGD) was proposed to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) both as a rescue in case of fundoplication failure and as first-line surgery in neurologically impaired children (NIC). Aim of the study is to evaluate the impact of TEGD on the quality of life (QoL) of both NIC and their caregivers focusing on the parents’ point of view. A retrospective observational study was conducted on all NIC who underwent TEGD in our center between 2012 and 2022. A questionnaire centered on the parents’ point of view and investigating QoL of NIC and their caregivers was administered to all patients’ parents. Data were compared using Fisher exact test and Mann-Whitney test; a p-value < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. 12 patients were enrolled in the study. Parents reported improvements in weight gain (p = 0.03), sleep disorders, apnea, regurgitation and vomiting (p < 0.01). Caregivers also declared a decrease in number of hospitalizations, particularly related to severe respiratory infections and ab ingestis pneumonia (p = 0.01). We also documented a reduction of caregivers’ worries during food administration (p < 0.01). 50% of parents whose children were subjected to both fundoplication and TEGD would suggest TEGD as first line surgical treatment instead of fundoplication. According to parents’ point of view, TEGD improves significantly NIC QoL and 50% of them would enthusiastically suggest TEGD as first-line surgical approach to GERD in NIC.

PMID:36129620 | DOI:10.1007/s13304-022-01384-5

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