The congenital defect of imperforate anus is rare and likely caused by abnormal fetal development. More male infants than female infants are born with a defect in their anal opening.
Conditions We Treat
Blockage of the common bile duct and resulting cholestasis in newborns is surgically treatable. Surgery with the Kasai procedure can reestablish bile flow in most infants and prevent the need for a liver transplant.
Chronic lung disease means that there is damage to the newborn’s lungs. The lungs trap air, collapse, fill with fluid or produce extra mucus, making it hard for the infant to breathe.
Infants with atresias require surgery to reconnect the segments that aren’t properly formed, allowing food to flow through the intestine all the way from the mouth to the rectum.
Diaphragmatic hernia is an opening in the diaphragm. The diaphragm is the muscle that separates the chest and the abdomen.
Treating duodenal atresia requires special expertise. Our team will work closely with you to diagnose an atresia and discuss repair plans. Our NICU program has received Level IV designation, and we perform these complex surgical repairs onsite.
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.
When you diagnose a life-threatening congenital abnormality or mass in an obstetric patient’s fetus, such as a high-risk lung lesion, you now have the choice of referring your patient for fetal surgery and ex utero intrapartum treatment, or EXIT.
Gastroschisis usually is diagnosed before birth. The condition, in which the newborn’s intestines protrude from the abdomen, is a serious congenital defect. Once a diagnosis of gastroschisis is made, the fetus should be carefully monitored and the infant’s delivery and repair should be planned.
Hydrocephalus literally means “water on the brain.” In this case, though, the “water” is really a fluid that protects the brain.
Hyperbilirubinemia is also known as jaundice. It a yellowish tint to your child’s skin and eyes. It is seen in approximately half of newborn babies, usually during the first 5 days of life. Most of the time it is mild and usually goes away within a week or so.
Anywhere along the length of the small intestine, including the duodenum, jejunum, ileum and colon, the intestine can form a blockage before an infant is born. This blockage usually occurs where one segment is not connected to the other segments, and is called an atresia. Jejunal and ileal atresias are most common, followed by duodenal and colon atresias.
Necrotizing enterocolitis (NE or sometimes NEC) is a rare condition that damages or kills cells and tissues in the colon or lower intestines. Most children are successfully treated and go on to live healthy lives.
Malignant and benign tumors in infants are rare, and when you notice a mass on a fetus during routine ultrasonography or notice symptoms in a fetus that might indicate a tumor, you may want to consult a physician who specializes in performing high-risk fetal and neonatal procedures.
Omphalocele usually is diagnosed before birth. The condition, in which the newborn’s abdominal muscles around the umbilicus do not develop properly, can be a serious congenital defect. The severity of the defect varies.
When an infant has pyloric stenosis, which obstructs the stomach and causes undigested food to pass to the small intestine, you may want to consult a surgeon who specializes in performing high-risk fetal and neonatal procedures.
Short bowel syndrome is a condition in which nutrients are not properly absorbed because a large portion of the small intestine is missing. It is most often due to a birth defect or due to surgical removal of part of the bowel.
Tracheoesophageal fistula is a rare congenital defect. You may want to consult a specialist who has experience performing high-risk fetal and neonatal surgery.
Low birth weight is not always unhealthy or bad. For example, there is a tendency in some families to have small babies. A mother who is of small stature or has a small uterus could still have a perfectly healthy baby who weighs less than average.
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