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Minerva Pediatrica 2005 October;57(5):289-96

language: Italian

Esophageal atresia and malformative association. Clinical contribution

Smilari P., La Spina M., Salvo V., Romeo M. G., Sanges G.


Aim. Esophageal atresia (EA) is a congenital malformation with an incidence of 1/3 000-3 500 live birth, due to anomalies of the foregut. Although an interstitial deletion of chromosome 17 (q22q23.3) has been identified, the etiology seems to be multifactorial and not only genetic. The aim of this retrospective study is to evaluate the association of EA with chromosomal pathologies and/or malformation syndromes.
Methods. The authors report 18 cases of EA admitted to the UTIN of the Pediatric Department, University of Catania, between January 1998 and January 2001, and discuss the phases of preoperative stabilization, the operation, postoperative complications and the follow-up at 12 months.
Results. The results obtained concerning the association of EA with chromosomal diseases and malformation syndromes are described in the ''Results'' section of the paper.
Conclusion. The results obtained, notwithstanding the low number of patients, show that the association of EA with chromosomal pathologies and malformation syndromes is relevant both from a numerical and prognostic point of view in comparison to the data published in the literature.

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