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Dr. Stephen Kim
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Intestinal Atresia (Overview)

Intestinal atresia is a malformation where there is a narrowing or absence of a portion of the intestine. This defect can either occur in the small or large intestine.


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What are the tests for intestinal atresia?

What are the tests for intestinal atresia?

Ultrasound, x-ray: Ultrasounds can be used to diagnose intestinal atresia prior to birth. Once born if suspected, plain abdominal films or with contrast can diagnose and locate level of intestinal atresia. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Kim
93 doctors shared insights

Intestinal Atresia (Overview)

Intestinal atresia is a malformation where there is a narrowing or absence of a portion of the intestine. This defect can either occur in the small or large intestine.


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What are the symptoms of intestinal atresia?

What are the symptoms of intestinal atresia?

Vomiting: Intestinal atresia is a congenital blockage of the intestine that occurrs in newborns. It is treated by surgery, usually in the first feew days of life. Other symptoms include abdominal distension. Vomiting is usually bilious (green). ...Read more

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What is the treatment for intestinal atresia?

What is the treatment for intestinal atresia?

Surgery: Intestinal atresia is a blockage or non union of intestine that occurs prior to birth. Surgery puts the intestine in continuity as it should so that eating and digestion can occur. Normal eating cannot occur until blockage is repaired. ...Read more

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Is there a genetic reason for intestinal atresia?

Is there a genetic reason for intestinal atresia?

Yes, in some cases: Most of intestinal atresia occur sporadically, though. ...Read more

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What are the tests for intestinal atresia?

Ultrasound, x-ray: Ultrasounds can be used to diagnose intestinal atresia prior to birth. Once born if suspected, plain abdominal films or with contrast can diagnose and locate level of intestinal atresia. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of intestinal atresia?

Vomiting: Intestinal atresia is a congenital blockage of the intestine that occurrs in newborns. It is treated by surgery, usually in the first feew days of life. Other symptoms include abdominal distension. Vomiting is usually bilious (green). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Intestinal atresia?

What is the definition or description of: Intestinal atresia?

Intestinal atresia: Intestinal atresia is a malformation where there is a narrowing or absence of a portion of the intestine. This defect can either occur in the small or large intestine. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is there a genetic reason for intestinal atresia?

Yes, in some cases: Most of intestinal atresia occur sporadically, though. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for intestinal atresia?

Surgery: Intestinal atresia is a blockage or non union of intestine that occurs prior to birth. Surgery puts the intestine in continuity as it should so that eating and digestion can occur. Normal eating cannot occur until blockage is repaired. ...Read more

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What is choanal atresia?

What is choanal atresia?

Complete nasal block: Choanal atresia is when the back part of the nose is completely blocked off, either with bone or with a chunk of tissue. It requires surgery to open up the area. If the child has it only on 1 side, it may present with chronic nasal drainage on 1 side only. If they have it on both sides, generally the procedure is done on the baby before they are even allowed to leave the hospital after birth. ...Read more

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What is atresia of the ampullary portion?

What is atresia of the ampullary portion?

Abnormal ending: Atresia means abnormal ending and can occur with any part of the GI tract. Ampullary portion is usually refers to the opening from the bile duct to the small intestine or less likely opening from pacreatic duct to small intestine. So abnormal ending or closed ending of either the bile duct or pancreatic duct. ...Read more

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What is anal atresia?

What is anal atresia?

Development defect: The digestive tract forms in several stages.The lower end of the intestine starts as a solid core of tissue that forms a tube that descends toward where the outlet will be, the outside skin where the anus will be begins to dimple inward and joins the descending tube. A thin filmy membrane between the two section disappears. Anal atresia occurs when the tube does not join the anal dimple. ...Read more

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What is pulmonary atresia?

What is pulmonary atresia?

Congenital defect: Pa involves the valve, which is imperforate, and makes blood flow to the lungs dependent on other sources. If combined with a ventricular septal defect it can be repaired in most cases. If no vsd exists the right chamber is most often underdeveloped and repair is more complex. You should seek advice from your cardiologist who knows the details about your (childs) anatomy. ...Read more

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Is biliary atresia hereditary?

No: There is no proof that it is hereditary. Fortunately it is quite rare. ...Read more

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more