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What are the physical impacts of gastrointestinal tract birth defects?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Depends: This is highly variable depending on the nature of the defect. Did you have a specific defect in mind?
Dr. Sue Hall
Dr. Sue Hallanswered
Pediatrics 38 years experience
That depends...: The physical effects of gastrointestinal birth defects depend on what the condition is. Gastroschisis and omphalocele are two GI defects requiring surgery. In both cases, the most common problems in follow-up are related to poor motility of the intestinal tract. The baby may have trouble tolerating feedings and may get distended/bloated, may spit up, and may not stool as often as expected.

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Do gastrointestinal tract birth defects cause fatalities?

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Dr. Nanette Nuessle
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Yes: Certain GI tract birth defects can be life threatening. The most common of these shows up with vomiting in the first day or two of life. It is malrotation of the gut. No nutrition or fluid goes through the intestinal tract.

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