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Does surgical repair of tracheoesophageal fistula in a child have long term complications?

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Dr. Pradeep Kumar

Pediatrician, Cardiology

Practicing since :2006

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Posted on Thu, 6 Dec 2018 in Child Health
Question: 3 yrs old male Full term with Tracheooesophageal Fistula repair done Dec 2014, Admitted twice for LRTI in 2015, No Treatment or complaints now , please suggest can there be future complications or will require special care or treatment
Answered by Dr. Pradeep Kumar 3 hours later
Brief Answer:

No need to worry if child is asymptomatic.

Detailed Answer:


I have gone through the query and do understand your concern.

The complications following the surgery of tracheoesophageal fistula usually occur during initial few days or months or after a prolonged period.

I won't get worried as child is asymptomatic for long.

The common symptoms of complication after tracheoesophageal fistula repair are poor feeding, breathing difficulty, noisy breath, vomiting, cough, repeated respiratory infection etc.

Based on symptoms only further investigations are needed to find out the complications.

Long term complication can be narrowing of airway or food pipe. That too will present with symptoms of feeding or breathing difficulty.

As child is asymptomatic this indicates that surgery is quite successful but child should be in regular follow up of pediatric surgeon to check long term complications if any.

I hope this helps.

Wishing for your child's good health.


Dr. Pradeep Kumar,
Pediatrician, Cardiology
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