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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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Dr. Frazier Frantz
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Esophageal Atresia (Definition)

Esophageal atresia (EA) is a congenital defect, which occurs before birth. There are several types. In most cases, the upper esophagus ends and does not connect with the lower esophagus and stomach. Most infants with EA may have another ...Read more


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How can you treat a really bad cough when you had esophageal atresia surgery a long time ago?

How can you treat a really bad cough when you had esophageal atresia surgery a long time ago?

Mgt/workup: It really depends on the underlying cause. If you have had a repair of esophageal atresia, there can be areas of swelling that may impinge on the airway. I would recommend seeing your physician and having pulmonary function testing and a TB test. A virtual appt is available online. ...Read more

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What can you do if you got a really bad cough and you had esophageal atresia surgery as a baby?

What can you do if you got a really bad cough and you had esophageal atresia surgery as a baby?

Uber-late fistula: With esophageal atresia, one would worry whether you ever had a tracheo-esophageal fistula. If so, the cough could signal some kind of leak in the integrity of the esophagus. Get to an ENT (airway) or GI (food path) so that you can get checked out. ...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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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 is the definition or description of: Esophageal atresia?

Esophageal atresia: Esophageal atresia (EA) is a congenital defect, which occurs before birth. There are several types. In most cases, the upper esophagus ends and does not connect with the lower esophagus and stomach. Most infants with EA may have another defect called tracheoesophageal fistula. ...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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Esophagus (Definition)

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