Feeding dysfunction in children with single ventricle following staged palliation.

Journal Article

To determine the prevalence of feeding dysfunction in children with single ventricle defects and identify associated risk factors.Patients aged 2-6 years with single ventricle physiology presenting for routine cardiology follow-up at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin were prospectively identified. Parents of the patients completed 2 validated instruments for assessment of feeding dysfunction. Chart review was performed to retrospectively obtain demographic and diagnostic data.Instruments were completed for 56 patients; median age was 39 months. Overall, 28 (50%) patients had some form of feeding dysfunction. Compared with a normal reference population, patients with single ventricle had statistically significant differences in dysfunctional food manipulation (P < .001), mealtime aggression (P = .002), choking/gagging/vomiting (P < .001), resistance to eating (P < .001), and parental aversion to mealtime (P < .001). Weight and height for age z-scores were significantly lower in subjects with feeding dysfunction (-0.84 vs -0.33; P < .05 and -1.46 vs -0.56; P = .001, respectively). Multivariable analysis identified current gastrostomy tube use (P = .02) and a single parent household (P = .01) as risk factors for feeding dysfunction.Feeding dysfunction is common in children with single ventricle defects, occurring in 50% of our cohort. Feeding dysfunction is associated with worse growth measures. Current gastrostomy tube use and a single parent household were identified as independent risk factors for feeding dysfunction.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hill, GD; Silverman, AH; Noel, RJ; Simpson, PM; Slicker, J; Scott, AE; Bartz, PJ

Published Date

  • February 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 164 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 243 - 6.e1

PubMed ID

  • 24161218

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-6833

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-3476

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jpeds.2013.09.030


  • eng