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Table 2 Postoperative course in children with delayed compared to primary reconstruction of esophageal atresia

From: Postoperative morbidity and health-related quality of life in children with delayed reconstruction of esophageal atresia: a nationwide Swedish study

  Children aged 2–7 years: n(%)    Children aged 8–18 years: n(%)  
  ntot Delayed reconstruction ntot Primary anastomosis, Gross type C p-value ntot Delayed reconstruction ntot Primary anastomosis, Gross type C p-value
Revisional surgery after repair of EA eg due to anastomotic leakage or recurrent fistula 8 1 (12.5) 42 3 (7.1) 0.51 22 4 (18.2) 62 7 (10.9) 0.46
Anastomotic leakage 8 1 (12.5) 42 2 (4.8) 0.41 22 8 (36.4) 62 8 (12.9) 0.026
Sepsis verified through blood culture 8 4 (50.0) 42 8 (19.0) 0.082 22 6 (27.3) 62 6 (9.7) 0.071
Wound infection 8 1 (12.5) 42 1 (2.4) 0.30 22 1 (4.5) 62 2 (3.2) 1.0
Pneumothorax treated with drainage 8 3 (37.5) 42 2 (4.8) 0.024 22 3 (13.6) 62 11 (17.7) 0.75
Esophageal dilatation before hospital discharge 5 2 (20.0) 42 1 (2.4) 0.20 20 2 (10.0) 60 8 (13.3) 1.0
Days before discharge from tertiary pediatric surgical care, median (range) 8 230(69–1235) 42 31 (4–231)  < 0.0001 22 188 (62–364) 59 35 (19–464)  < 0.0001
  1. Significant level was p < 0.05. Significant p-values are marked with bold text