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My newborn was diagnosed with tracheoesophageal fistula (tef). What is this?

My newborn was diagnosed with tracheoesophageal fistula (tef). What is this?

Malformation: When the structures that will form the breathing tube and swallowing tube begin to form in the fetus, a connection between the two develops.The final configuration can take several forms.An "H" connection, would allow swallowed material to cross into the lungs. Sometimes the connection to the stomach is lost, and a blind pouch is left. All require surgical intervention soon after birth. ...Read more

Fistula (Definition)

A fistula is an abnormal connection between two places. Most commonly, it originates somewhere in the intestine and communicates to another location in the intestine or in the skin. A fistula can develop after abdominal surgery, with inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, anorectal abscess, and ...Read more


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

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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What are symptoms of a tracheoesophageal fistula?

What are symptoms of a tracheoesophageal fistula?

Fistula: Tracheoesophageal fistulas are rare. They are usually diagnosed in newborns who have frequent aspiration pneumonias. In adults the can be the result of trauma, tumor or from complications of treatments. They usually present as frequent aspiration pneumonias and usually require surgery to correct. ...Read more

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Does tracheoesophageal fistula lead to blue skin?

Does tracheoesophageal fistula lead to blue skin?

Yes, cyanosis: Food or fluid in the lungs may diminish oxygenation of blood, leading to a bluish color of the skin (cyanosis). ...Read more

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My newborn was diagnosed with tracheoesophageal fistula (tef). What is this?

Malformation: When the structures that will form the breathing tube and swallowing tube begin to form in the fetus, a connection between the two develops.The final configuration can take several forms.An "H" connection, would allow swallowed material to cross into the lungs. Sometimes the connection to the stomach is lost, and a blind pouch is left. All require surgical intervention soon after birth. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my newborn was diagnosed with tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF)?

What do you suggest if my newborn was diagnosed with tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF)?

TE fistula: The important thing has already happened - the baby got a proper diagnosis. This is important because sometimes the diagnosis is not made for months, and considerable lung damage and growth problems can occur by this time. Now that it has been diagnosed, the baby has the surgery to fix it and then after a recovery period, should be good as new. B first birthday they'll be tearing up the house!! ...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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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. ...Read more

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