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What are some different kinds of gastrointestinal tract birth defects?

Gastrointestinal tract birth defects can affect any part of the digestive tract. Some infants' esophagus, where food travels down to the stomach, ends before reaching the stomach or is connected to the wind pipe, or trachea - defects called esophageal atresia and fistula, respectively. Stomach abnormalities include holes in the lining that require surgery. Malrotations in the intestine can cause difficulties with blood flow. Problems can also occur in the liver, diaphragm, or anus.

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