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After your child has had oesophageal atresia and/or tracheo-oesophageal fistula repair

Oesophageal atresia (OA) and tracheo-oesophageal fistula (TOF) are both congenital (present at birth) problems. They can develop together or separately and are usually diagnosed soon after birth (or occasionally during a prenatal scan). Both conditions require repair in an operation under general anaesthetic lasting two to three hours. 
Once the repair has taken place, it can take some time for your child to completely recover. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains what to expect during the recovery period as well as throughout childhood and adolescence.

Malrotation and volvulus

Malrotation is an abnormality of the bowel, which happens while the baby is developing in the womb. Volvulus is a complication of malrotation and occurs when the bowel twists so the blood supply to that part of the bowel is cut off. This can be a life threatening problem.This page explains about malrotation and volvulus, how they can be treated, and what to expect when your child comes to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

Your child is having a lumbar puncture

A lumbar puncture is a medical procedure carried out to access the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). CSF is a watery liquid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, acting as a ‘cushion’. It also supplies nutrients to the brain. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about the lumbar puncture procedure, what to expect when your child has one and how to look after them at home. 

Epidermolysis bullosa simplex: localised and generalised types

This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about the localised and generalised forms of epidermolysis bullosa simplex and how they can be treated. It also contains suggestions for making everyday life more comfortable. The localised form was previously known as Weber Cockayne epidermolysis bullosa simplex and the generalised form Köbner epidermolysis bullosa simplex.

Genetic study of over 1,000 people sheds new light on immune-system disorders

Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) can provide a more accurate diagnosis for patients with missing or poorly functioning immune systems, while providing new insight into complex genetic causes, according to results of a new international study involving researchers from the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH).

GOSH statement on cases of children with symptoms including fever and abdominal pain

A Great Ormond Street Hospital spokesperson said: “Across the UK, a small number of very sick children have sought medical advice from the NHS with a particular set of symptoms, including a fever and abdominal pain. We are working with colleagues across the NHS to try to understand why this is, any relationship with COVID-19 and how to best treat these patients.