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J Korean Assoc Pediatr Surg. 2004 Jun;10(1):1-8. Korean. Original Article.
Kim HY , Park KW , Chun YS , Jung SE , Lee SC , Kim WK .
Department of Surgery, Seoul National University, Korea.
Department of Surgery, Inje University College of Medicine, Pusan Paik Hospital College of Medicine, Korea.

A re-pull-through operation for Hirschsprung's disease is performed when the primary operation has failed because of the remnant or acquired aganglionosis, anastomotic stricture and/or fistula. The purpose of this study is to review our experience of the re-pull-through procedure for Hirschsprung's disease. From May 1978 to July 2003, 26 patients who underwent re-pull-through operations at the Department of Pediatric Surgery, Seoul National University Children's Hospital, were studied retrospectively by means of chart review as well as telephone interview. The mean age at primary operation and re-operation were 11months (2 months - 10 years) and 43 months (1 year - 23 years 3 months), respectively. Initial operation for Hirschsprung's disease was Duhamel's procedure in 17, Swenson's in 6 and Soave's 3. Causes of failure of primary operation were remains of secondary aganglionic segment (n=23), vascular arcade injury (n=1), rectoperineal fistula (n=2, due to mesenteric torsion and poor blood supply). Mean interval between the primary operation and the re-operation was 34 months (6 months-22 years). Reoperation methods were Soave's in 12, Duhamel's in 8, APSP (abdomino-posterosagittal pull-through procedure) in 5, and Swenson's in 1 case. In 2 cases of repeated rectoperineal fistula or rectourethral fistula, re-APSP were performed 3 times, respectively. A total of 29 re-pull-through operations were performed. Postoperative complications were wound infection (n=1), adhesive ileus (n=1), rectoperineal fistula (n=3), rectourethral fistula (n=2), and death due to pulmonary embolism (n=1). Mean follow up period of reoperation was 78 months (1 month-23years). In current state, 2 patients have an ileostomy because of repeated rectoperineal fistula and rectourethral fistula. Of the remaining 23 patients, 21(91 %) are totally continent with or without minimal soiling. Reoperation for Hirschsprung's disease was effective and safe for the patients complicated to the initial pull-through operation.

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