Success of Bolus Gastric Feeding After Fundoplication Among Children Who Require Preoperative Jejunal Feeding.

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DOI: 10.1089/lap.2018.0117


PURPOSE: Management of complicated reflux in infants and children is controversial. Jejunal feedings are used when reflux complications occur with gastric feeds. We sought to determine how successful fundoplication is to allow for return of physiologic gastric feeds in patients requiring jejunal feeds preoperatively.

METHODS: A retrospective review of patients requiring jejunal feeds before fundoplication between 2010 and 2015 was conducted.

RESULTS: Two hundred thirteen children underwent fundoplication during the study period. One hundred fourteen (49%) children required preoperative jejunal feeds. Median preoperative jejunal feeding trial was 15 days (interquartile range [IQR] 8-36). After fundoplication, gastric feeds were attempted in all patients. Ninety-one (80%) patients tolerated feeds postoperatively without return of preoperative symptoms. Twenty-one (18%) children developed gastric feeding intolerance and were treated with jejunal feeds at a mean of 8 months postoperatively (range 3-17). Ten (9%) children eventually tolerated intragastric bolus feeds, requiring jejunal feeds for a median duration of 2.3 months (IQR 1-5). There were no differences seen in those who were able to tolerate gastric early after the operation and those who did not. Of the patients who were unable to tolerate bolus gastric feeds during the study, a higher proportion had neurologic impairment and were on jejunal feeds for a longer period of time before fundoplication.

CONCLUSION: In the majority of patients requiring continuous jejunal feeds to manage complications of reflux, fundoplication allows for transition to gastric bolus feeding.

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Journal of laparoendoscopic & advanced surgical techniques. Part A





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Combined Modality Therapy; Enteral Nutrition; Female; Fundoplication; Gastroesophageal Reflux; Humans; Infant; Jejunum; Male; Perioperative Care; Retrospective Studies; Stomach; Treatment Outcome


children; fundoplication; gastric feeds; jejunal feeds; reflux

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