Case report: Traction elongation for treatment of long-gap esophageal atresia

Hanmin Lee, Diana L Farmer, Craig T. Albanese, Barbara Bratton, Michael R. Harrison

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The establishment of continuity in long-gap esophageal atresia continues to be a challenge. Current methods of repair of long-gap atresias generally utilize autologous intestinal replacement grafts from the stomach, small intestine, or colon. We have developed a novel technique for treating long-gap esophageal atresia. This technique is similar to that of distraction osteogenesis whereby gradual continuous directional forces are applied on tissue for the purposes of lengthening. This preliminary report describes a novel method for gradual traction elongation for repair of long-gap atresia of the esophagus. In addition, we report our initial clinical results in three patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-54
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Endosurgery and Innovative Techniques
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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