Esophageal Atresia

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Esophageal Atresia
Five variations of esophageal atresia are shown.
The most common form is shown on the left where the esophagus ends in a blind pouch.
Arrows indicate the flow of food and air.
The most common form of esophageal atresia is shown in which the esophagus ends in a blind pouch. The trachea communicates by a fistula with the lower esophagus and stomach. 90% of infants with this defect have this type.
A form of esophageal atresia is shown in which both upper and lower segments of the esophagus end in a blind pouch. This occurs in 5% to 8% of infants with this defect. Arrows indicate the flow of food and air.
A form of esophageal atresia is shown in which both upper and lower segments of the esophagus communicate with the trachea. This occurs in 2% to 3% of infants with this defect. Arrows indicate the flow of food and air.
A very rare form of esophageal atresia is shown in which both upper segments of the esophagus ends in a blind pouch and communicate by fistula with the trachea. Arrows indicate the flow of food and air.
A form of esophageal atresia is shown in which a fistula connects both upper and lowers segments of the esophagus. Arrows indicate the flow of food and air.
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