Surgical management of gastroesophageal reflux in severely mentally retarded children

J. H T Chang, C. D. Coln, A. D. Strickland, J. M. Andersen

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ABSTRACT. Thirty‐three severely mentally retarded children with profond malnutrition and aspiration pneumonitis were treated by gastrostomy and Nissen fundoplication. Early and late complications were 27.3% and 16.6% respectively. Mortality was 9.4%. All surviving patients gained weight. Time required for feeding was greatly, reduced. This study supports earlier operative intervention for the mentally retarded child with gastroesophageal reflux, malnutrition and aspiration pneumonitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disability Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1987


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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