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How does esophageal atresia affect the body?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Esophageal atresia prevents food from getting into the stomach, as a result of the esophagus not developing properly. Babies with esophageal atresia experience various digestive problems as a result of the disorder. Complications may result from food or fluid traveling through the tracheoesophageal fistula (a hole that allows food/fluid to enter the lungs from the esophagus) into the lungs, which can lead to pneumonia. Poor blood oxygenation from food and fluid in the lungs may also cause cyanosis, a condition where the skin turns blue.

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