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PURPOSE The recently established International Consortium on Anorectal Malformations aims to identify genetic and environmental risk factors in the etiology of syndromic and nonsyndromic anorectal malformations (ARM) by promoting collaboration through data sharing and combined research activities. METHODS The consortium attempts to recruit at least 1,000(More)
BACKGROUND It has been suggested that the outcome of transanal endorectal pull-through for classic Hirschprung's disease can be improved by laparoscopically mobilizing the colon before the pullthrough. METHODS Charts of 43 patients (2005-2009) with proven recto-sigmoid aganglionosis were retrospectively analyzed with respect to postoperative outcomes.(More)
PURPOSE After 25 years of practice and positive results of the Rehbein-procedure (RB) for children with Hirschsprung Disease (HD), we changed to the less invasive transanal endorectal pull through (TERPT). The aim of this study was to compare short- and mid-term complications of these two procedures in our patients with HD. METHODS Retrospective data of(More)
BACKGROUND Thoracoscopic surgery is an increasingly popular surgical technique to repair congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). However, acidosis during surgery and the higher recurrence rate are considerable risk factors. The aim of this retrospective study is to compare the outcome of open versus thoracoscopic repair of the diaphragm in neonates with CDH(More)
PURPOSE Inguinal hernia repair is frequently performed in premature infants. Evidence on optimal management and timing of repair, as well as related medical costs is still lacking. The objective of this study was to determine the direct medical costs of inguinal hernia, distinguishing between premature infants who had to undergo an emergency procedure and(More)
The repair of cloacal malformations is most often performed using a posterior sagittal anorecto-vagino-urethroplasty (PSARVUP) or total urogenital mobilization (TUM) with or without laparotomy. The aim of this study was to systematically review the frequency and type of postoperative complication seen after cloacal repair as reported in the literature. A(More)
BACKGROUND Sacrococcygeal teratoma resection often brings changes in pelvic anatomy and physiology with possible consequences for defecation, micturition and sexual function. It is unknown, whether these changes have any gynecological and obstetric sequelae. Until now four pregnancies after sacrococcygeal teratoma resection have been described and cesarean(More)
INTRODUCTION Because many aspects of the management of esophageal atresia (EA) are still controversial, we evaluated the practice patterns of this condition across Europe. METHODS A survey was completed by 178 delegates (from 45 [27 European] countries; 88% senior respondents) at the EUPSA-BAPS 2012. RESULTS Approximately 66% of respondents work in(More)
UNLABELLED This study evaluates whether, on the long run, in patients born with a giant omphalocele, the liver and other solid organs reach their normal position, shape, and size. Seventeen former patients with a giant omphalocele, treated between 1970 and 2004, were included. Physical examination was supplemented with ultrasonography for ventral hernia and(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE The aim of the study was to evaluate whether a collagen biomatrix is useful for delayed intrauterine coverage of a surgically created spina bifida in a fetal lamb. METHODS In 20 fetal lambs, surgery was performed at 72 or 79 days' gestation. In 15 lambs a spina bifida was created surgically. In 8 lambs it was covered with a collagen(More)