Charles Jason Smithers

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OBJECTIVE We report the largest clinical experience to date of surgically treated patients with blue rubber bleb nevus syndrome (BRBNS). SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA BRBNS is a rare congenital disorder presenting with multifocal venous malformations of the skin, soft tissues, and gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Patients with BRBNS develop anemia from chronic GI(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to determine the outcomes among three different surgical approaches for performing an aortopexy to treat severe tracheomalacia (STM). METHODS A retrospective review was performed for all patients who underwent an aortopexy by pediatric surgeons at a single institution during 1997-2012. Data collected included details(More)
BACKGROUND We investigated whether removable stents, such as self-expandable plastic stents (SEPSs) and fully covered self-expandable metal stents (FCSEMSs) could provide an alternative treatment for recalcitrant strictures and esophageal perforations after esophageal atresia (EA) repair. OBJECTIVE The primary aim of our study was to evaluate technical(More)
UNLABELLED Little is known about pediatric surgical disease in resource-poor countries. This study documents the surgical care of children in central Haiti and demonstrates the influence of the 2010 earthquake on pediatric surgical delivery. METHODS We conducted a retrospective review of operations performed at Partners in Health/Zanmi Lasante hospitals(More)
PURPOSE Recurrent trachea-esophageal fistula (recTEF) is a frequent (5%-10%) complication of congenital TEF (conTEF) and esophageal atresia (EA) repair. In addition, postoperative acquired TEF (acqTEF) can occur in addition to or even in the absence of prior conTEF in the setting of esophageal anastomotic complications. Reliable repair often proves(More)
Surgical resections of massive sacrococcygeal teratomas (SCTs) carry significant risk due to baseline hemodynamic instability and the potential for significant hemorrhage. In this case report, a fetus with sacrococcygeal teratoma developed high-output cardiac instability at 32 weeks' gestation. After urgent cesarian delivery, a damage-control operation(More)
We report a case of a pediatric en bloc liver-double kidney transplant in a patient with IVC thrombosis below the renal veins. The patient is an 11-month-old girl diagnosed with congenital nephrotic syndrome at two months of age. Multifocal liver masses were identified on routine ultrasound at eight months of age. Alpha fetoprotein level was 55 319. Biopsy(More)
PURPOSE Tracheobronchomalacia (TBM) is associated with esophageal atresia, tracheoesophageal fistulas, and congenital heart disease. TBM results in chronic cough, poor mucous clearance, and recurrent pneumonias. Apparent life-threatening events or recurrent pneumonias may require surgery. TBM is commonly treated with an aortopexy, which indirectly elevates(More)
PURPOSE The Foker process (FP) uses tension-induced growth for primary esophageal reconstruction in patients with long gap esophageal atresia (LGEA). It has been less well described in LGEA patients who have undergone prior esophageal reconstruction attempts. METHODS All cases of LGEA treated at our institution from January 2005 to April 2014 were(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Sclerotherapy for vascular malformations is often limited by luminal recanalization. This study examined whether an injectable tissue-engineered construct could prevent this complication in a rabbit model of venous sclerotherapy. METHODS Ethanol sclerotherapy of a temporarily occluded jugular vein segment was performed in 46 rabbits,(More)