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Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 103-106

A rare case of laryngotracheo-esophageal cleft with an extended broncho-esophageal cleft


Government Wenlock Hospital, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka

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BV Prabhu
Government Wenlock Hospital, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka

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ABSTRACT: Laryngotracheo-esophageal cleft (LTEC) is a rare disorder that is still associated with high mortality. Less than 100 cases have been reported in literature till now. It varies in anatomical extent and clinical severity. Here we are presenting a case of LTEC with an extended broncho-esophageal cleft (type 4) in a newborn presented with respiratory distress. Only 4 cases of this extended type of cleft has been reported in literature till now. This type 4 cleft is a challenge to the surgeon. It requires meticulous preoperative, operative and postoperative care. Upper GI contrast study and endoscopy are diagnostic. Surgery was performed in stages but the patient succumbed on the 146th day of life. Review of literature and brief discussion about thisrare anomaly is presented here.






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