The aim of this thesis was to assess the management and treatment outcomes of surgery in childhood by comparing the results obtained in a specialized pediatric center and in a general teaching hospital. More precisely, we analyzed the distribution of common surgical diseases in childhood among pediatric university centers and general hospitals in the Netherlands. Furthermore, we explored several common surgical procedures in childhood by identifying the value of various noninvasive diagnostic tools and by documenting treatment outcomes. Finally, we proposed a recommendation for the organization of 'surgery in childhood' in the Netherlands, based on the effects of the collaboration of a university pediatric surgical center and a general teaching hospital.

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F.W.J. Hazebroek (Frans)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

van den Ende, E.D. (2006, September 28). Surgery in Childhood. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from