Management of Oesophageal Atresia and Tracheo-Oesophageal fistula in Neonates v1.2
Oesophageal atresia OA is a congenital abnormality in which there is a blind ending oesophagus. Its incidence is approximately 1:2500 live births. There is no sex preponderance. It can occur in isolation or there may be one or more fistulae communicating between the abnormal oesophagus and the trachea known as a tracheo-oesophageal fistula TOF . The exact aetiology is unknown
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