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Research Article

Adults who survived repair of congenital oesophageal atresia and tracheo-oesophageal fistula.

BMJ 1988; 297 doi: (Published 30 July 1988) Cite this as: BMJ 1988;297:344
  1. P. Chetcuti,
  2. N. A. Myers,
  3. P. D. Phelan,
  4. S. W. Beasley
  1. Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Australia.


    One hundred and twenty five adults who were born before 1969 with oesophageal atresia or tracheo-oesophageal fistula or both and were managed at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, were reviewed. Most enjoyed a normal life. Though over half had difficulties in swallowing and symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux, the symptoms occurred only occasionally and were regarded as inconsequential by most. One third of the patients had wheeze and a quarter had at least one episode of bronchitis a year, but these interfered little with daily activities. Overall, these results are encouraging for young patients with oesophageal atresia and their families.