Pediatric Esophageal Atresia
What is Pediatric Esophageal Atresia?
Esophageal atresia is a malformation that obstructs the upper esophagus. The atresia causes the child to have difficulties with swallowing and eating. Many newborns with esophageal atresia also have congenital heart defects, rectal or spinal malformations and kidney problems.
What are the signs and symptoms of Pediatric Esophageal Atresia?
- Blue skin (usually when feeding)
- Breathing trouble
- Coughing, choking (when feeding)
- Round, full abdomen
- Other birth defects
How is Pediatric Esophageal Atresia treated?
Infants with esophageal atresia require surgery to repair the connections between the esophagus and trachea and prevent complications.