Deleterious consequences of gastroesophageal reflux in cleft larynx surgery

J Pediatr Surg. 1987 Mar;22(3):197-9. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3468(87)80325-1.


Our series of 17 children with laryngotracheal clefts is reported. In three of four cases with a complicated postoperative course, gastroesophageal reflux (GER) has been found. Three breakdowns of the surgical repair opposed to be due to GER. Only one child with a cleft type III died, although a mortality rate of 93% is reported in the literature. GER has to be excluded before tracheoesophageal cleft surgery is undertaken.

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Esophageal Atresia / complications
  • Gastric Fundus / surgery
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux / etiology*
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux / surgery
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Larynx / abnormalities*
  • Larynx / surgery
  • Postoperative Complications