Can gastrointestinal tract birth defects have any complications?

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Untreated gastrointestinal birth defects can have serious birth defects, especially if left untreated. Untreated damaged bile ducts in the liver can lead to cirrhosis, which would require a liver transplant. If malrotations in the intestines are not treated promptly, the tissue of the intestines could be damaged or the baby could die. Other complications stop the baby from getting the nutrients they need and could lead to stunted growth.

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Digestive Diseases

Digestive diseases, also known as gastrointestinal diseases, are disorders that affect your esophagus, stomach and small and large intestines. The symptoms of digestive diseases vary widely depending on which part of your digestiv...

e system is affected. Generally symptoms can be blood in your stool, a change in bowel habits, pain, weight loss or heartburn that is not relieved by antacids. See you doctor if you have any of these signs of digestive disease.
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