What does EA/TEF stand for?
EA/TEF stands for Esophageal atresia or tracheo-esophageal fistula
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EA/TEF stands for Esophageal Atresia/Tracheo-Esophageal Fistula (outside of the US, it is called OA/TOF--Oesophageal Atresia/Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula). The exact numbers are not known, but it is a rare congenital birth defect which affects approximately 1 in 2,500 to 3,500 babies. With EA/TEF, a baby is unable to swallow, and may also have trouble breathing.
Esophageal atresia is the abnormal development of the swallowing tube (esophagus) that connects the mouth to the stomach. This birth defect results in the incomplete connection of the esophagus to the stomach causing an inability to swallow properly and breathing difficulties. There are several variants of esophageal atresia. Sometimes there are abnormal connections to the trachea (windpipe), known as a tracheo-esophageal fistula. The most common type of esophageal atresia results in a blind ending upper pouch of esophagus. A lower portion of the esophagus is often connected to the trachea (Type C, 85% of all esophageal atresias). Surgery is the only treatment for esophageal atresia.
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