Dysphagia in Children with EA-TEF From the Perspective of Pediatric Surgeons in Clinical Settings


Dysphagia, vol.36, no.4, pp.644-649, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00455-020-10178-z
  • Journal Name: Dysphagia
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, BIOSIS, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.644-649
  • Keywords: Deglutition, Deglutition disorders, Esophageal atresia, Knowledge, Dysphagia management, ESOPHAGEAL ATRESIA, COMPLICATIONS
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: Yes


© 2020, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.The current study was aimed to define clinical practice, knowledge and awareness, and best practice regarding dysphagia in children with esophageal atresia with/without tracheoesophageal fistula (EA-TEF) from the perspective of pediatric surgeons in Turkey. Pediatric surgeons practice EA repair were included. A survey related to clinical practice, knowledge and awareness, and best practice regarding dysphagia in EA-TEF was used. The survey was electronically sent to potential participants. Seventy-two pediatric surgeons with a mean professional experience of 14.73 ± 9.66 years (min = 1, max = 41) completed the survey. 19.4% (n = 14) had a standardized protocol for dysphagia screening and %51.4 (n = 37) provided swallowing rehabilitation to their patients. Most of the participants (80.6%) reported that they do not have an appropriate team approach for dysphagia management. The mean knowledge and awareness score was 11.04 ± 1.27 (min = 7, max = 12). The mean VAS score related to the need for standardized protocol in dysphagia management was 9.23 ± 1.44 (min = 3, max = 10). The mean VAS score related to the need for routine screening for dysphagia after surgery was 8.67 ± 2.17 (min = 1, max = 10). The mean score for the degree of the contribution of diagnosis and management of dysphagia to the surgical treatment in children operated for EA-TEF was 7.98 ± 2.08 (min = 3, max = 10). The participants mostly suggested the necessity of a standardized protocol in dysphagia and routine dysphagia screening in children with EA-TEF. Knowledge and awareness is found to be high among pediatric surgeons in Turkey. However, their clinical practice does not include a standardized protocol regarding dysphagia screening and management.