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Gastroesophageal reflux

Journal title
Seminars in pediatric surgery
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Slater, B. J.; Rothenberg, S. S.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a very common condition and affects approximately 7-20% of the pediatric population. Symptoms from pathological GERD include regurgitation, irritability when feeding, respiratory problems, and substernal pain. Treatment typically starts with dietary modifications and postural changes. Antireflux medications may then be added. Indications for operative management in the pediatric population include failure of medical therapy with poor weight gain or failure to thrive, continued respiratory symptoms, and complications such as esophagitis. Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication has become the standard of care for surgical treatment of children with GERD. The key technical aspects of laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication include creation of an adequate intra-abdominal esophagus, minimal dissection of the hiatus with exposure of the right crus to identify the gastroesophageal junction, crural repair, and creation of floppy, 360 degrees wrap that is oriented at the 11 oclock position.

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