SURGICAL CORRECTION OF COMPLETE TRACHEOESOPHAGEAL CLEFT

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Abstract

Laryngotracheal esophageal cleft is a rare congenital anomaly that should be considered in the differential diagnosis of any neonatal respiratory distress aggravated by feeding. Diagnosis is difficult and repeat endoscopic examinations may be necessary. In complete clefts, immediate surgical repair is indicated with combined approach through the chest and neck and incorporation of part of the esophageal wall into the repair. Because the cleft may be associated with esophageal atresia and/or tracheal esophageal fistula, it should be suspected in patients who have persistent symptoms after successful repair.

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