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

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Faisal Qureshi
Surgery - Pediatric
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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Dr. Troy Reyna
atresia is an indication for prompt repair of the intestine so the child can begin to eat normally and develope normally.
Dr. Frazier Frantz
Surgery - Pediatric
4 doctors agree

In brief: In certain cases

In babies with duodenal atresia who have associated congenital heart disease, it is sometimes necessary to postpone the repair because of cardiac status.
In these situations, the duodenum can be decompressed with a nasogastric tube, and the baby receives TPN for nutrition.

In brief: In certain cases

In babies with duodenal atresia who have associated congenital heart disease, it is sometimes necessary to postpone the repair because of cardiac status.
In these situations, the duodenum can be decompressed with a nasogastric tube, and the baby receives TPN for nutrition.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Days maby wks no

After birth, we rely on the intact digestive system to acquire fluids and nutrients & expell waste.
Intentinal atresia prevents that. Within hours of birth this patient will need fluids and within 48hrs should have a nutrition source. It is reasonable to delay of surgery to transport the child to a site where advanced care (nicu) and surgical support are available.Further delay decreases survival.

In brief: Days maby wks no

After birth, we rely on the intact digestive system to acquire fluids and nutrients & expell waste.
Intentinal atresia prevents that. Within hours of birth this patient will need fluids and within 48hrs should have a nutrition source. It is reasonable to delay of surgery to transport the child to a site where advanced care (nicu) and surgical support are available.Further delay decreases survival.
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