Occurs in 1 of every 2500 to 4500 live births.
There are no known predisposing factors; however, the condition often presents with other congenital anomalies, including VACTERL complex (vertebral defects, anorectal anomalies, cardiac defects, tracheoesophageal abnormalities, radial and renal abnormalities, and limb anomalies).
Surgical intervention is required as a newborn.
Patients may have long-term complications, such as GERD, tracheomalacia, and chronic respiratory infections.
Esophageal atresia (EA) and tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) are congenital malformations that result from defective separation of the esophagus and trachea. A blind-ending upper esophageal pouch with a fistulous connection between the distal esophageal segment and the trachea is the most common type.
UC Department of Surgery
UC Department of Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
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Dr Alexander J. Bondoc would like to gratefully acknowledge Dr Steven S. Rothenberg, a previous contributor to this topic.
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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