Lawrence Spitz

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The effect of associated congenital abnormalities, particularly cardiac malformations, on the survival rate of infants with esophageal atresia is emphasized in a number of publications. In infants with non-duct-dependent cardiac anomalies, repair of the esophagus takes precedence whereas in duct-dependent lesions, temporary control can usually be achieved(More)
Oesophageal atresia (OA) and tracheo-oesophageal fistula (TOF) are life-threatening malformations of generally undefined cause. Previous reports of familial cases suggest a genetic contribution. The pattern of inheritance appears non-Mendelian, i.e., multifactorial. Individuals with OA/TOF often have other malformations and medical problems. The aim of this(More)
In a series of 241 amniograms, there were two cases of fetal tissue damage resulting from the subcutaneous injection of contrast material. Details of these two cases are given and the damage sustained illustrated. Measures designed to prevent such complications are outlined, together with recommendations for its management, should such a complication occur.
Twenty severely mentally retarded children with significant gastrooesophageal reflux were submitted to surgical treatment. In all patients vomiting was present to a distressing degree in 5 children, 3 of whom required extensive surgery to overcome the obstruction. All had failed to respond to conservative measures. Although the postoperative complication(More)
The hazard of ingestion of a beverage can top in a child is presented. These can tops are susprisingly low radio density and their presence can be overlooked on a conventional P.A. X ray of the chest. In such cases a lateral radiograph of the chest should be included in the routine investigation of the child.
This retrospective study compared the frequency of electrodiagnostically confirmed cervical and lumbar radiculopathies in a motor vehicle accident (MVA) population to that of a non-MVA population in 24,651 consecutive initial electrodiagnostic reports. The frequency of cervical radiculopathy was slightly but significantly increased in 8% of the MVA compared(More)
Bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract is uncommon in the first few hours of life. On rare occasions swallowed maternal blood mimics gastrointestinal haemorrhage and causes concern in an otherwise healthy infant. We present a case and discuss how we arrived at the diagnosis, through a careful history and the use of a simple laboratory test.
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