Indications for total esophagogastric dissociation in children with gastroesophageal reflux disease

Surg Today. 2018 Nov;48(11):971-977. doi: 10.1007/s00595-018-1636-9. Epub 2018 Feb 12.


Total esophagogastric dissociation (TED) is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux (GER) after failed fundoplication in neurologically impaired patients. It is now performed for some otherwise healthy patients with severe GER. In this procedure, the gastrointestinal tract is reconstructed in a non-physiological way with a Roux-en-Y esophagojejunal anastomosis and jejuno-jejunostomy. Although TED eliminates almost all GER, some patients experience late complications. In this review, we investigated the long-term outcomes after TED to determine the best indications. In total, 147 neurologically impaired patients and 28 neurologically normal patients were identified. The total rate of complications requiring re-operation was 17.2% in neurologically impaired patients and 32.1% in normal patients, both higher than the rates associated with fundoplication. Although most authors added pyloroplasty when there was a concern of gastric emptying, this sometimes caused bile reflux. Nutritional and metabolic complications, including dumping syndrome and chronic digestive malabsorption, were also reported to occur after TED. TED is an option for the treatment of neurologically impaired patients with recurrent GER after fundoplication or who are at a high risk of recurrence of GER with fundoplication. However, neurologically normal patients who have the ability to obtain nutrition orally should consider options other than TED, as postoperative complications are frequent.

Keywords: Fundoplication; Gastroesophageal reflux; Neurologically impaired; Total esophagogastric dissociation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Anastomosis, Roux-en-Y
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Digestive System Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Female
  • Fundoplication
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux / surgery*
  • Gastrointestinal Tract / surgery
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Jejunostomy
  • Jejunum / surgery
  • Male
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures / methods*
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Recurrence
  • Reoperation
  • Severity of Illness Index