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Intestinal Atresia (Pediatric)

What is intestinal atresia?

Intestinal atresia is a defect that occurs when a portion of the small or large intestine narrows or is missing. 

What causes intestinal atresia?

A vascular accident in utero may cause intestinal atresia.  

What are the symptoms of intestinal atresia?

  • Abdominal swelling and distention
  • Lack of appetite
  • No bowel movements
  • Vomiting

How is intestinal atresia diagnosed?

  • Before birth, a routine sonogram shows a dilated intestinal segment due to the blockage or buildup of too much amniotic fluid in the uterus.
  • Some fetuses with bowel obstruction have abnormal chromosomes, which are seen by an amniocentesis (amniotic fluid test). 
  • Our pediatric surgeons remove the damaged part of the intestine and connect healthy intestines to ensure proper passage of nutrients. 

What is the treatment for intestinal atresia?

Our pediatric surgeons remove the damaged part of the intestine and connect healthy intestines to ensure proper passage of nutrients.