Eur J Pediatr Surg 2015; 25(04): 312-317
DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1562926
Review Article
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Bridging the Gap in the Repair of Long-Gap Esophageal Atresia: Still Questions on Diagnostics and Treatment

Daniel von Allmen
1  Department of Surgery, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Rene M. H. Wijnen
2  Department of Surgery, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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24 June 2015

26 June 2015

Publication Date:
24 August 2015 (online)


Long-gap esophageal atresia remains a complex surgical problem fraught with complications and poor outcomes in many patients. This review covers the techniques and strategies currently used to address this congenital anomaly. The techniques covered include preservation of the native esophagus, esophageal elongation techniques, esophageal replacement, and evolving work on tissue engineering.