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Does anything during pregnancy cause esophageal atresia?

Does anything during pregnancy cause esophageal atresia?

No known cause: There is no known cause of esophageal atresia. It happens in about 1 out of 3000-4000 babies, which is 3 kids out of 10, 000 born. The esophagus (tube for food flow to stomach) and the trachea (tube for air flow to lungs) develop from the same part of an embryo. Because life is not perfect, once in a while the two tubes form an incorrect connection or a blind-ended tube. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Pregnancy (Definition)

If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


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If my boyfriend had an esophageal atresia what are the chances my child will too?

If my boyfriend had an esophageal atresia what are the chances my child will too?

Depends: Roughly half of the esophageal atresia cases with or without te fistula (lung attachment) occur in isolation with polygenic influence.(little recurrence risk) the others occur with other defects in heart, kidney, bone or other areas. Genetic microarray studies have shown chromasomal micro-deletions in these more complex cases.(more recurrence risk) prenatal genetic counseling can define your risk. ...Read more

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What are the early symptoms of esophageal atresia?

Early Symptoms.: As a clinical neonatologist, the first symptom of esophageal atresia is the inability to pass an orogastric tube into the infant's stomach. I do this routinely in all newborn babies i examine in the delivery room. If the orogastric tube coils back and returns to the oral cavity, there is esophageal atresia. Determining if it is accompanied by a fistula with the trachea requires imaging studies. ...Read more

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What are the tests for esophageal atresia?

What are the tests for esophageal atresia?

Esophageal atresia: Esophageal atresia is a congenital defect. Feeding the affected infant leads to choking, coughing and blue spells. Tests used to diagnose esophageal atresia include inability to pass a small feeding tube from the nose or mouth into the stomach. A plain x-ray of the esophagus may show air in the "pouch" of the atretic portion and coiled up feeding tube in that portion. ...Read more

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How long can you wait before having surgery for an esophageal atresia?

How long can you wait before having surgery for an esophageal atresia?

Hours/days not more: Esophageal atresia prevents a kid from receiving fluids & maintaining normal metabolic balance. While awaiting surgery, mouth secretions can build up in the remnant and transfer into the lungs causing pneumonia.Stabalization with IV fluids, suction & close monitoring is reasonable until the kid can be moved to a center where surgery can procede. Further delays deminish the chances for good outcome. ...Read more

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If someone has an esophageal atresia, are they likely to have some other problems with the GI tract?

If someone has an esophageal atresia, are they likely to have some other problems with the GI tract?

Yes: Esophageal atresia (ea) commonly occurs in association with other congenital anomalies, including the vacterl (vertebral/vascular, aortic/anorectal, cardiac, tracheo-esophageal, renal, and limb anomalies) association. Other atresias of the GI tract, such as duodenal and anal atresia occur. Aside from congenital anomalies, ea is commonly associated with ge reflux and esophageal dysmotility. ...Read more

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Esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula: where can I get info?

Need Info.: Esophageal atresia and tracheo-esophageal fistulas are unfortunately frequently seen in my practice. The best source of information regarding these entities for a non medical individual would be a google search. ...Read more

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Dr. Frazier Frantz
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Esophageal Atresia (Definition)

Esophageal atresia is a medical condition in which a segment of the esophagus, the muscular tube that connects the mouth and stomach, is narrowed or closed off. Symptoms begin in infancy with vomiting after feeds ...Read more


Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more