Narrowing of an oesophageal anastomosis as it heals is relatively common. This is called a stricture.
Stricturing can occur for lots of reasons including:
A baby with a stricture will struggle to swallow, particularly when weaning onto solid food, as food gets stuck above the narrow part of the oesophagus. Most serious strictures develop during the first few weeks of life.
Treatment involves dilating (stretching) the stricture under a general anaesthetic. There are various ways of doing this.
A popular way involves inflating a balloon catheter across the anastomosis. This procedure may have to be repeated a number of times.
Recurrent or persistent strictures are often related to gastro-oesophageal reflux and not infrequently an anti-reflux operation called a fundoplication becomes necessary.
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