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BACKGROUND: This prospective cohort study compared primary-school-aged outcomes between children with Hirschsprung disease (HD) following Soave, Duhamel or Swenson procedures. METHODS: Children with histologically proven HD were identified in British/Irish paediatric surgical centers (01/10/2010-30/09/2012). Parent/clinician outcomes were collected when children were 5-8 years old and combined with management/early outcomes data. Propensity score/covariate adjusted multiple-event-Cox and multivariable logistic regression analyses were used. RESULTS: 277 (91%) of 305 children underwent a pull-through (53% Soave, 37% Duhamel, 9% Swenson). Based upon 259 children (94%) with complete operative data, unplanned reoperation rates (95% CI) per-person year of follow-up were 0.11 (0.08-0.13), 0.34 (0.29-0.40) and 1.06 (0.86-1.31) in the Soave/Duhamel/Swenson groups respectively. Adjusted Hazard Ratios for unplanned reoperation compared with the Soave were 1.50 (95% CI 0.66-3.44, p = 0.335) and 7.57 (95% CI 3.39-16.93, p 

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J Pediatr Surg

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Hirschsprung disease