The appearance and significance of extrapleural fluid after esophageal atresia repair.


Journal Article

OBJECTIVE: The objective is to describe the appearance and evaluate the significance of postoperative extrapleural fluid collections in neonates who have undergone esophageal atresia repair in which an extrapleural surgical approach was used. CONCLUSION: Extrapleural effusion in a neonate who has undergone repair of esophageal atresia by an extrapleural approach is associated with a high incidence of anastomotic leakage. Such patients may also be at increased risk for developing a delayed esophageal stricture. On chest radiography, these extrapleural effusions look like fluid in the pleural space.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Donnelly, LF; Frush, DP; Bisset, GS

Published Date

  • January 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 172 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 231 - 233

PubMed ID

  • 9888773

Pubmed Central ID

  • 9888773

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0361-803X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2214/ajr.172.1.9888773


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States