Eur J Pediatr Surg 2015; 25(04): 318-325
DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1559819
Review Article
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Feeding and Swallowing Disorders in Esophageal Atresia Patients: A Review of a Critical Issue

Andrea Conforti
1  Neonatal Surgery Unit, Department of Medical and Surgical Neonatology, Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital, Fiumicino, Italy
,
Laura Valfré
1  Neonatal Surgery Unit, Department of Medical and Surgical Neonatology, Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital, Fiumicino, Italy
,
Martina Falbo
2  Speech Language Pathology Unit, Department of Neuroscience and Neurorehabilitation, Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital, Fiumicino, Italy
,
Pietro Bagolan
1  Neonatal Surgery Unit, Department of Medical and Surgical Neonatology, Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital, Fiumicino, Italy
,
Antonella Cerchiari
2  Speech Language Pathology Unit, Department of Neuroscience and Neurorehabilitation, Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital, Fiumicino, Italy
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Publication History

24 June 2015

26 June 2015

Publication Date:
26 August 2015 (online)

Abstract

Feeding and swallowing disorders are commonly seen in clinical practice in infants and children treated for esophageal atresia with or without tracheoesophageal fistula. Nevertheless, only few authors have addressed these issues. This review aims to describe the feeding and swallowing disorders encountered, focusing on pathophysiology, normal development of swallowing and feeding abilities, and possible rehabilitation therapies to prevent or correct these disorders.