Alimentary tract duplications in newborns and children: diagnostic aspects and the role of laparoscopic treatment

World J Gastroenterol. 2014 Oct 21;20(39):14263-71. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v20.i39.14263.


Alimentary tract duplications are rare congenital lesions normally diagnosed in newborns and children that can occur anywhere from the mouth to the anus and have a reported incidence of approximately 1 in 4500 life births. Symptoms and clinical presentation vary greatly. The presentation varies according to age and location. The treatment finally is surgical; total resection when possible should be the aim of the intervention. In pediatric surgery minimally invasive surgical procedures became more and more important over the last decades. In consequence the operative procedure on alimentary tract duplications changed in this manner. We review on case reports and clinical reports on minimally invasive surgery in the treatment of alimentary tract duplications, determine the importance of minimally invasive techniques in the treatment of this rare entity and rule out that further studies in the field should be performed.

Keywords: Alimentary tract duplications; Endoscopy; Gastrointestinal duplication cysts; Laparoscopic surgery; Minimally invasive surgery.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diagnostic Imaging* / methods
  • Digestive System Abnormalities / complications
  • Digestive System Abnormalities / diagnosis*
  • Digestive System Abnormalities / surgery*
  • Digestive System Surgical Procedures / adverse effects
  • Digestive System Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Laparoscopy* / adverse effects
  • Male
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Treatment Outcome