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    Esophageal Atresia and/or Tracheoesophageal Fistula

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    It is possible that the main title of the report Esophageal Atresia and/or Tracheoesophageal Fistula is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.

    Synonyms

    • Atresia of Esophagus with or without Tracheoesophageal Fistula
    • Esophageal Atresia
    • Tracheoesophageal Fistula
    • Tracheoesophageal Fistula with or without Esophageal Atresia

    Disorder Subdivisions

    • None

    General Discussion

    Esophageal atresia (EA) is a rare birth defect in which the esophagus (the tube that connects the throat with the stomach) does not develop normally. In infants with EA, the esophagus is usually separated into two parts, an upper and lower segment. These two segments do not connect. One or both segments (usually the upper) end in a blind pouch. Consequently, the normal passage between the mouth and stomach does not exist. EA often occurs in association with a tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF), which is an abnormal passage or connection (fistula) between the esophagus and the trachea (windpipe). The trachea is the tube that runs from the voice box in the throat to the lungs (bronchi), and carries air to and from the lungs. EA/TEF is a life-threatening condition, however, the majority of affected infants will recover fully if the defect is detected early and treated appropriately. The exact underlying causes of EA/TEF are not fully understood. EA/TEF can occur as isolated findings (nonsyndromic), associated with other birth defects (non-isolated), or as part of a larger syndrome.

    Resources

    March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
    1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
    White Plains, NY 10605
    Tel: (914)997-4488
    Fax: (914)997-4763
    Tel: (888)663-4637
    Email: Askus@marchofdimes.com
    Internet: http://www.marchofdimes.com

    NIH/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases
    Office of Communications & Public Liaison
    Bldg 31, Rm 9A06
    31 Center Drive, MSC 2560
    Bethesda, MD 20892-2560
    Tel: (301)496-3583
    Email: NDDIC@info.niddk.nih.gov
    Internet: http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/

    EA/TEF Child and Family Support Connection, Inc.
    111 West Jackson Boulevard
    Suite 1145
    Chicago, IL 60604-3502
    USA
    Tel: (312)987-9085
    Fax: (312)987-9086
    Email: info@eatef.org
    Internet: http://www.eatef.org

    Tracheo Oesophageal Fistula Support
    St. George's Centre
    91 Victory Road
    Netherfield
    Nottingham, NG4 2NN
    United Kingdom
    Tel: 4401159613092
    Fax: 4401159613097
    Email: info@tofs.org.uk
    Internet: http://www.tofs.org.uk

    Pediatric/Adolescent Gastroesophageal Reflux Association, Inc.
    PO Box 7728
    Silver Spring, MD 20907
    Tel: (301)601-9541
    Email: gergroup@aol.com
    Internet: http://www.reflux.org

    Birth Defect Research for Children, Inc.
    976 Lake Baldwin Lane
    Orlando, FL 32814
    USA
    Tel: (407)895-0802
    Email: staff@birthdefects.org
    Internet: http://www.birthdefects.org

    Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
    PO Box 8126
    Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
    Tel: (301)251-4925
    Fax: (301)251-4911
    Tel: (888)205-2311
    TDD: (888)205-3223
    Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

    Fetal Hope Foundation
    9786 South Holland Street
    Littleton, CO 80127
    USA
    Tel: (303)932-0553
    Tel: (877)789-4673
    Email: info@fetalhope.org
    Internet: http://www.fetalhope.org

    For a Complete Report:

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

    The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

    It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

    This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

    For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

    Last Updated: 1/17/2012
    Copyright 1992, 2000, 2012 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

    WebMD Medical Reference from the National Organization for Rare Disorders

    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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