Table 1

Medical diagnosis according to the classification system for complex feeding disorders of the 45 children who received the rapid tube-withdrawal programme between 2005 and 2007

n (%)*Age at entry in months† Male sexDuration of tube feeding at entry in moths†Medical diagnosis
Structural abnormalities17 (37.8)15 (8−57)615 (7−56)Diaphragmatic hernia (n=5)
GERD with fundoplication (2)
Laryngomalacia (n=2)
Esophagus atresia (n=2)
Omphalocele (n=2)
Charge Syndrome (n=1)
VACTERL association (n=1)
Genetic aberration (n=1)
Neurological conditions6 (13.3)16 (5−31)416.0 (5−31)Cerebral palsy (n=4)
Syndromal condition (n=1)
Brain atrophia (n=1)
Behavioural issues1 (2.3)916Feeding disorder (n=1)
Cardiorespiratory problems17 (37.8)12 (8−46)912 (3−46)Congenital heart failure (n=6)
Extremely low birth weight:
Birth weight between 500−1000 g (n=9)
Birth weight between 1000−1500 g (n=2)
Metabolic dysfunction4 (8.8)24 (12−32)318 (12−24)Congenital disorder of glycosylation (n=1)
Phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase deficiency (n=1)
Alagille syndrome (n=1)
Fanconi's anaemia (n=1)
Total sample4516 (5−57)1815 (3−56)
  • *Values are numbers (%).

  • †Values are median (range).

  • GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease.