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Traumatic pharyngo-oesophageal perforation in the newborn: a condition mimicking oesophageal atresia



Traumatic pharyngo-oesophageal perforation in the newborn: a condition mimicking oesophageal atresia



Paediatric Anaesthesia 10(2): 201-205



Two newborn infants with traumatic perforation of the pharyngo-oesophageal region are presented. This injury was induced by pharyngeal suction catheters and/or vigorous attempts at nasogastric or tracheal intubation during resuscitation of the newborn. The true nature of this condition remained unrecognized and the babies were thus referred with a tentative diagnosis of oesophageal atresia. The perforation itself could be treated successfully without surgery, despite a severe complication in one infant resulting from inadvertent use of barium sulphate contrast medium. Raising awareness of the possibility of this injury should help in avoiding this complication by gentle and skilful action during newborn resuscitation, particularly in the premature infant.

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