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September 1970

Parenteral Nutrition and Esophageal Anastomotic Leak

Author Affiliations

Kansas City, Kan
From the Section of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Kansas School of Medicine and Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.

Arch Surg. 1970;101(3):436-437. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1970.01340270084023

Two patients developed esophageal anastomotic leak following correction of esophageal atresia with distal tracheoesophageal fistula. Because of massive gastroesophageal reflux, gastrostomy feedings were impossible. Total parenteral nutrition by central venous catheter permitted normal growth while spontaneous healing occurred, obviating the need for cervical esophagostomy or feeding jejunostomy.