Intestinal atresia (ah-TREE-zha) is a term used to describe a broad spectrum of birth defects that result in a blockage in either the small or large intestine. The blockage (atresia) hinders the ability of the intestines to absorb nutrients and to push food and fluids through the baby’s digestive tract.
Duodenal atresia (DWAH-de-nal ah-TREE-zha) is a condition in which the first part of the small intestine, or duodenum, is blocked. The blockage (atresia) stops food or fluid from leaving the baby’s stomach.
Tracheoesphageal fistula (TRAY-key-oh-ee-SOF-ah-GEE-all FIS-chu-la) and esophageal atresia (ee-SOF-ah-GEE-all ah-TREE-zha) are birth defects that affect parts of the upper digestive tract. Most of the time, these conditions occur together.
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Dr. Lillegard explains more about the new open fetal surgery program and the Midwest Fetal Care Center’s service
A new fetal surgery gives Clara an opportunity to thrive.
Children’s Minnesota and Allina Health announced that the Midwest Fetal Care Center added open fetal surgery to its pioneering fetal care program.