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What are the early symptoms of esophageal atresia?

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Dr. Roman Alvarez
Pediatrics - Neonatology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Roman Alvarez
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