Occurs in 1 of every 3000 live births.
There are no known predisposing factors; however, the condition is associated with VATER syndrome.
Surgical intervention is required as a newborn.
Patients may have long-term complications, such as eating difficulties, GERD, and tracheomalacia.
Tracheoesophageal fistula is a malformation that arises from defective separation of the esophagus and trachea. This most commonly results in a blind-ending upper esophageal pouch with a fistulous connection between the distal esophageal segment and the trachea.
Chief of Pediatric Surgery
Rocky Mountain Hospital For Children
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Surgeon in Chief
Professor of Surgery
Department of Pediatric Surgery
Children's Hospital of Michigan
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Division Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
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Emeritus Nuffield Professor of Paediatric Surgery
Institute of Child Health
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