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. Oesophageal atresia with or without tracheooesophageal fistula, OA, Congenital atresia of the esophagus with tracheo-esophageal fistula. Esophageal atresia (EA) with or without tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) is the most common congenital anomaly of the esophagus. The improvement of survival.

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These anomalies may then be referred to a different specialty, such as orthopedics or plastic surgery.

The child survive despite a stormy postoperative course with anastomotic leakage and stricture formation. It is frequently associated with a tracheo-esophageal fistula.

Occasionally, this finding exofagus not have any clinical relevance to the physician or to the patient, who may be able to swallow satisfactorily[ 2 ]. The confirmation of the diagnosis of EA should be made with a simple chest X-ray using air as contrast in the proximal pouch to avoid aspiration of contrast fluid. When only the trachea above the carina is compromised, one of the “simplest” interventions is aortopexy wherein the aortic loop is attached to atrdsia rear of the sternum, thereby mechanically relieving pressure from the softened trachea.

We do not regularly perform a follow-up contrast study but if there is any doubt as to the integrity of the anastomosis a water-soluble contrast study is carried out.

The presence of associated malformations could provide clues as to the possible aetiology of oesophageal atresia. Balloon dilatation confirms the short defined narrowing which fails to widen on inflation of the balloon. Influence of congenital heart disease on management of oesophageal atresia. AwnshamChurchill J, editor.

Esophageal atresia

The sutures are then tied sequentially while the tension is maintained. If a distal TEF is present, air in the stomach will be present on X-ray films and abdominal distension may be evident[ 24 ]. All infants with oesophageal atresia should have an echocardiogram prior to surgery. The primary correction of EA and TEF is the best treatment option in the absence of severe malformations[ 35 – 38 ].


Group I Qtresia weight over g with no major cardiac anomaly. According to Koivusalo et al[ 69 ], therapeutic dilatation has the advantages of requiring fewer procedures, shorter hospitalization times and lower costs when compared to prophylactic dilatation. A marking seromuscular suture is placed in the lateral wall of the distal oesophagus to assist with orientation. Antibiotic prophylaxis Colonization by bacterial flora of the digestive tract in newborns with EA is related to the establishment of enteral nutrition.

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Airway Program The Airway Program is a specialized program in the Division of Otolaryngology Ear, Nose, and Throatone the largest and most prestigious pediatric otolaryngology programs in the country. Indeed, although EA primarily affects patients during the neonatal period, postoperative complications may fsofagus to common gastroenterological disorders that require long-term follow-up by gastroenterologists.

Genetic Disorders and Defects. Others have confirmed the value of this classification [ 46 ]. Primary repair of ultra-long-gap esophageal atresia: When the infant can swallow saliva, oral feeding may be started. Is routine dilatation after eskfagus of esophageal atresia with distal fistula better than dilatation when symptoms arise?

Esophageal atresia: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

A method for repairing long-gap esophageal atresia using magnets has been developed, that does not require replacing the missing section with grafts of the intestine or other body parts. Extrapleural dissection proceeds posteriorly and superiorly to identify the azygos vein.

Occasionally there is such a dramatic improvement in respiratory status that primary repair of the atresia can proceed. Which babies develop tracheoesophageal fistula or esophageal atresia? The proximal oesophagus should be mobilized sufficiently to produce a tension-free anastomosis.

Eur J Med Genet. Outcome of esophageal atresia beyond childhood. Miscellaneous anomalies include cleft lip and palate, omphalocoele, lung abnormalities, choanal atresia and hypospadias. A precise ventral-to-dorsal switch in foregut Shh expression is itself propagated cranially, ahead of tracheooesophageal separation [ atresis ]. The method of choice for detecting this anomaly is echocardiography, although this technique is not routinely employed during the investigation of EA.


The diagnosis is made primarily through esophagoscopy, a 24 h pH probe, intraluminal impedance or a contrast swallow[ 2ahresia ].

Current knowledge on esophageal atresia

Major cardiac anomaly was defined as either cyanotic congenital heart disease that required palliative or corrective surgery or non-cyanotic heart anomaly that required medical or surgical treatment for cardiac failure. Using electromagnetic force to attract the upper and lower ends of the esophagus together was first tried in the s by using steel pellets attracted to each other by applying atersia electromagnets to the patient.

This is a weakness and floppiness of the walls of the windpipe, which can cause breathing to sound high-pitched or noisy. History The first clearly documented case of oesophageal atresia, confirmed at edofagus examination, was recorded by Thomas Gibson [ 2 ] inas follows: Orphanet J Rare Dis.

GOR is more common following anastomosis under tension and after delayed primary repair [ 67 ]. Atresi classification was applied to cases esofatus at Great Ormond Street Hospital from to Over a period of up to 12 weeks while maintaining suction to the upper pouch and feeding by gastrostomy, the gap gradually narrows.

J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. Therefore, long-term endoscopic and pH-metric follow-up of all patients following repair of an EA is warranted.

Very rarely the distal fistula may be occluded or obliterated leading to the misdiagnosis preoperatively of an isolated atresia.

The extrapleural approach is slightly more time-consuming and has theoretically advantages over the transpleural approach still used by many surgeons. The management of long gap esophageal atresia. Esophageal atresia repair with thoracotomy: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The posterior half of the anastomosis is completed first with sutures tied on the mucosal surface.

Management of long-gap esophagus: Exposure of the esophagus atredia into the upper mediastinum with identification of the fistula.