David C. van der Zee

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OBJECTIVES For the past 60 years, successful repair of esophageal atresia (EA) and distal tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) has been performed via a thoracotomy. However, a number of reports have described adverse musculoskeletal sequelae following thoracotomy in infants and young children. Until now, only a few scattered case reports have detailed an(More)
Single center experience with thoracoscopic repair of esophageal atresia with distal fistula and of tracheomalacia. Between May 2000 and December 2006, 51 neonates with an esophageal atresia were presented for thoracoscopic repair. Gestational age varied from 31 3/7 to 42 2/7 weeks (M = 37 2/7). Birth weight was between 1025 g and 4030 g (mean 2620 g).(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Evaluation of the feasibility of thoracoscopic correction of esophageal atresia with distal fistula. METHODS Eight consecutive neonates with esophageal atresia and distal fistula were treated thoracoscopically. Mean birth weight was 3,048 g (range, 2,140 to 3,770). The patients were intubated endotracheally and placed in a 3/4 left(More)
Since the initial reports of laparoscopic repair of duodenal atresia in neonates, further reports have been scant. Could this be because of unacceptable rates of complications, like anastomotic leakage, as mentioned in later reports? In the present study the laparoscopic repair of duodenal atresia in neonates is revisited. Group 1 consisted of 22 patients(More)
Even in the absence of major associated anomalies, treatment of giant omphaloceles is difficult primarily because of the disproportion between the large volume of the omphalocele and the small volume of the intraabdominal cavity. The case of a child is presented in whom conservative treatment had to be abandoned. Reduction of the omphalocele contents and(More)
AIMS To describe the clinical course of infants recovering spontaneously from diaphragmatic paralysis due to perinatal phrenic nerve injury as well as those that underwent plication of the diaphragm. METHODS Between 1990 and 2006, 14 newborns admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the Wilhelmina Children's Hospital in Utrecht, The(More)
Few studies are available comparing open with laparoscopic treatment of Hirschsprung’s disease. This study compares a laparoscopic series of 30 patients with a historical open series of 25 patients. The charts of all patients having had a Duhamel procedure in the period from June 1987 through July 2003 were retrospectively reviewed. Open procedures were(More)
OBJECTIVES To improve diagnosis of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) by noninvasive markers representing gut wall integrity loss (I-FABP and claudin-3) and gut wall inflammation (calprotectin). Furthermore, the usefulness of I-FABP to predict NEC severity and to screen for NEC was evaluated. METHODS Urinary I-FABP and claudin-3 concentrations and fecal(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the incidence of brain injury after neonatal surgery for noncardiac congenital anomalies using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). STUDY DESIGN An MRI was obtained in 101 infants at 7 days [range: 1-115] after neonatal surgery for major noncardiac congenital anomalies. Brain injury was assessed using T1, T2, diffusion weighted imaging,(More)
BACKGROUND Apple peel atresia is the rarest type of small bowel atresia. Because of its rare occurrence and high mortality rate, little is known about the long-term outcome of these children. METHODS The patient charts, operative reports, and office notes of 15 children with apple peel atresia from 6 pediatric surgical centers in the Netherlands were(More)