Eur J Pediatr Surg 2011; 21(3): 198-200
DOI: 10.1055/s-0031-1271736
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Role of the Esophagus in Surgery for Tracheal Agenesis

V. Shankar Raman1 , N. Sugandhi1 , V. Bhatnagar1
  • 1All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Pediatric Surgery, New Delhi, India
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Publication Date:
21 February 2011 (online)


Tracheal agenesis (TA) is a rare congenital anomaly. Around 150 cases have been reported in the literature to date [1]. Its diagnosis and surgical treatment pose a challenge for surgeons, and the problem of airway access makes this condition almost uniformly fatal. This report describes a case of complete TA in which the middle part of the esophagus was used as a substitute for the airway, the proximal part for pharyngeal drainage and the distal to provide access to deliver feeds into the stomach.


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