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Esophageal atresia with tracheo-esophageal fistula: Accidental transtracheal gastric intubation

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Author(s): Hombalkar N | Dhanawade Sara | Hombalkar Priya | Vaze Dhananjay

Journal: Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
ISSN 0971-9261

Volume: 14;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 224;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Esophageal atresia | tracheo-esophageal fistula

ABSTRACT
The diagnostic feature of esophageal atresia (EA) is the inability to pass a catheter into the stomach. EA can be ruled out if the feeding tube can be passed into the stomach. In EA, when a tracheo-esophageal fistula (TEF) is present, theoretically the feeding tube can find its way into the stomach via tracheal route and through the TEF. We report such a rare occurrence. In this situation, the diagnosis and further management of EA and TEF was delayed.
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