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is there a genetic reason for intestinal atresia?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Yes, in some cases: Most of intestinal atresia occur sporadically, though.
Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Yes: It is multifactorial and , may involve defects in blood supply. Can be associated with maternal factors such as drugs and smoking which can affect the developement of vascular structures in the fetus.
Dr. Stephen Kim
Pediatric Surgery 27 years experience
Unknown: There is no known genetic cause of intestinal atresia.

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