Esophageal Atresia Repair
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Esophageal atresia repair is a type of surgery that is done to fix a congenital defect called esophageal atresia. This type of defect is present at birth. Esophageal atresia occurs when the upper part of the esophagus is not connected to the lower part. The esophagus is the part of the body that carries food from the throat to the stomach. In this condition, the upper part of the esophagus ends in a pouch instead of going to the stomach. Babies with this condition cannot eat or drink.
Most children who have esophageal atresia also have a defect that involves an abnormal connection called a fistula between the windpipe (trachea) and the esophagus. This defect is called a tracheoesophageal fistula. Fluids from the esophagus may leak through the fistula into the baby's lungs and cause breathing problems or a lung infection, also called pneumonia. Both of these defects are very dangerous for the baby, but they can be corrected. Most children who have esophageal atresia repair grow up without medical problems and can take part in the same activities as other children.
The procedure may vary among health care providers and hospitals.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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