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Tracheoesophageal Fistula

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Tracheoesophageal Fistula
  • Abnormal connection between esophagus and trachea
    • due to improper division by the tracheoesophageal septum
    • most common defect is blind upper esophagus with lower esophagus connected to trachea   
      • food passes into lungs causing cyanosis, choking and vomiting food causes pneumonitis
      • air passes into stomach showing air bubbles on a chest x-ray
      • due to blind esophagus, NG tubes cannot be passed into stomach 
Types of Tracheoesophageal Fistula
 

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