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Pediatric Esophageal Atresia

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Summary

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.

Symptoms

  • Blue skin (usually when feeding)
  • Breathing trouble
  • Coughing, choking (when feeding)
  • Round, full abdomen
  • Vomiting
  • Other birth defects

Treatment

Infants with esophageal atresia require surgery to repair the connections between the esophagus and trachea and prevent complications.  

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