MCRA of an anastomotic stenosis after esophagoesophagostomy for long gap esophageal atresia: a case report

J Pediatr Surg. 2007 May;42(5):769-72. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2006.12.042.


A 25-month-old boy with long gap esophageal atresia developed severe esophageal stenosis refractory to balloon dilatations after definitive esophagoesophagostomy. At 33 months of age, the patient had a magnetic compression revision anastomosis, in which a pair of 2 cylindrical Samarium-cobalt rare-earth 320 mT (3200 G) magnets, 15 x 5 mm (diameter x thickness), were placed in the esophagus to compress the scar tissue of the anastomosis. The magnets were retrieved 34 days after the magnetic compression revision anastomosis procedure. For 3 months, the patient subsequently had balloon dilatations to prevent restenosis, and he has been able to eat normally by mouth without further balloon dilatations since then.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anastomosis, Surgical / methods*
  • Catheterization
  • Child, Preschool
  • Esophageal Atresia / surgery*
  • Esophageal Stenosis / etiology*
  • Esophageal Stenosis / surgery*
  • Esophagoplasty
  • Esophagostomy
  • Humans
  • Magnetics*
  • Male
  • Reoperation