How is esophageal atresia diagnosed?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

If the doctor detects too much amniotic fluid in the mother's body during an ultrasound, they may suspect esophageal atresia. Diagnosis usually comes shortly after birth when the baby experiences problems while feeding, such as choking or blue skin. The doctor may confirm the diagnosis by taking an x-ray and insert a feeding tube into the baby's stomach through the nose or mouth. If the baby has esophageal atresia, the tube will be unable to reach the stomach.

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