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


SEREL ARSLAN S. , DEMİR N. , KARADUMAN A. A. , SOYER T.

DYSPHAGIA, 2020 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

Özet

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.