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Esophageal Atresia - Radiographic Features

Common radiographic features include the "Coiled NG Tube" in the esophageal pouch. If there is bowel gas in the abdomen there must be an associated tracheoesophageal fistula, ~90% of cases of esophageal atresia. A TE fistula can occur without esophageal atresia and may present later in life with wheezing or recurrent pneumonia.


Note the NG tube looped in the upper esophagus. Air in the stomach indicates presence of a tracheoesophageal fistula.

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