Esophageal atresia (EA) is a rare birth defect in which a baby is born without part of the esophagus (the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach). Instead of. Esophageal atresia is the most common GI atresia. The estimated incidence is 1 in live births. Other congenital malformations are present in up to 50% of. Esophageal atresia is a congenital medical condition (birth defect) that affects the alimentary tract. It causes the esophagus to end in a blind-ended pouch rather.

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This condition may be visible, after about 26 weeks, on an ultrasound. GERD causes acid to move up into the esophagus from the stomach. Our multidisciplinary pediatric team helps more than children every year.

Celebrate your life, and give a chance to someone who desperately wants to have as many as you. X-rays are taken to look at the chest and abdomen. Until recently, EA was a condition with no truly satisfactory treatment options. Surgery to repair EA is essential as the baby will not be able to feed and is highly likely to develop pneumonia.

The infant may become cyanotic turn bluish due to lack of oxygen and may stop breathing as the overflow of fluid from the blind pouch is aspirated sucked into the trachea. For a child with long-gap EA, the revolutionary Foker process encourages natural growth and lengthening of a child’s existing esophagus with the end result being an intact esophagus.


This means it occurs before birth. EA often occurs in association with a tracheoesophageal fistula TEFwhich is an abnormal passage or connection fistula between the esophagus usually the lower and the trachea windpipe.

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Symptoms of TE fistula or esophageal atresia may resemble other conditions or medical problems. These disorders are due to specific genetic mutations or chromosomal abnormalities.

A baby with this birth defect is unable to pass food from the mouth to the stomach, and sometimes difficulty breathing. Patient Xtresia Patient Story Two life-threatening conditions.

These two conditions are not believed to be inherited. This is the most common type. The condition is more common in babies of mothers who had too much amniotic fluid in pregnancy polyhydramnios. However, surgery may be delayed in infants with certain additional congenital defects, pneumonia or in cases of isolated atresia where the gap between the two ends of the esophagus is too large for primary repair.

Experience with 41 consecutive cases with special emphasis on esophageal atresia”. EA is a surgical emergency. A suction catheter is placed in the pouch at the end of the upper portion of the esophagus. Lack of gas essophagus the abdomen is suggestive of isolated esophageal atresia Qtresia A.

Occasionally, a procedure to lengthen the oesophagus before repairing it may be carried out. Esiphagus to half of all babies born with EA have one or more other birth defects, such as:. Expand Navigation Section Choose Children’s.


Long-term respiratory symptoms following oesophageal atresia. Tests to check for the condition will be carried out after your baby is born, if they seem to be having problems swallowing or breathing. EA and TEF affect males and females in equal numbers.

Adalzh Journal of Rare Diseases. Any attempt at feeding could cause aspiration pneumonia as the milk collects in the blind pouch and overflows into the trachea and lungs.

Esophageal atresia

Over several days, the gap between the upper and lower esophagus is closed and the surrounding tissue grows together. Treatment is best performed at tertiary referral hospitals that are well versed in treating these conditions.

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Treatments for the condition vary depending on its severity.

The infant will be positioned to help drain secretions and decrease the likelihood of aspiration. Congenital disorders of digestive system. Treatment for long gap esophageal atresia is complex. Environmental factors in the etiology of esophageal atresia. An air-filled pouch in the esophagus.