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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.

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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.

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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.

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My baby has esophageal atresia. What can be done?

My baby has esophageal atresia. What can be done?

Esophageal atresia: With that diagnosis you need to consult with a pediatric surgeon for options.

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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.

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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.

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My boyfriend had esophageal atresia so is our baby at risk?

Minimal risk: Most studies do not support a strong genetic predisposition in isolated esophageal atresia.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What is the difference between an esophageal atresia and a tracheoesophageal fistula?

Often associated: About 1 in 4000 live births results in an anomaly of the esophagus &/or trachea. The most common form is esophageal atresia (ea) with distal tracheosesophageal fistula (tef) -- the upper and lower parts of the esophagus (swallowing tube) are not connected, & the lower part is connected to the trachea (breathing tube). There can also be ea by itself, or tef by itself, or other rarer combinations.

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Can you wait for a few weeks before having surgery for your child's intestinal atresia?

Can you wait for a few weeks before having surgery for your child's intestinal atresia?

No: True intestinal atresia, that is bowel that is discontinuous requires urgent operation. There are some circumstances such as following gastroschisis repair after which the diagnosis may be suspected but not confirmed. In that case surgery can be delayed until the diagnosis is clear.

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How long does it usually take to recover after esophageal surgery?

It varies per person: Esophageal surgery, specifically esophagectomy is "varsity" level or big surgery. Often it may take 6 months to a year for someone to forget that they had surgery.

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Dad has cirrhosis of the liver and had esophageal variceal bleeding, how long does he have after surgery?

Dad has cirrhosis of the liver and had esophageal variceal bleeding, how long does he have after surgery?

Unknown: If you are asking what his life span is, nobody knows. There are alternatives to surgery for esophageal varices including tips by interventional radiologists, and endoscopic banding done by gastroenterologists.

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Is surgery a possible cure for biliary atresia?

Is surgery a possible cure for biliary atresia?

YES: Biliary atresia involves both intra- and extra hepatic bile duct pathology. Standard extrahepatic bypass can provide extended survival for a minority of patients. Liver transplantation provides the only possibility for cure, though it carries with it significant morbidity and mortality.

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Is yellow spit up okay after having jejunal atresia surgery?

Is yellow spit up okay after having jejunal atresia surgery?

Depends: Normally yellow emesis may accompany feeds with or without history of jejunal atresia. However green emesis would be indicstive of possible obstruction.

Esophagus (Definition)

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