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J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg. 2010 Jan-Mar; 15(1): 42.
PMCID: PMC2998672

Esophageal atresia with tracheo-esophageal fistula


I read with interest, the recently published paper (1) on esophageal atresia. Many years ago, I had diagnosed esophageal atresia with tracheo-esophageal fistula in the emergency room and had sent the baby to the ward.[1] The resident came running to tell me that he had passed a tube from the nose into the stomach and hence my diagnosis was surely wrong! He had indeed passed a no.6 Fr nasogastric tube; the tube was found to have traversed the nose, the pharynx, the larynx, the trachea, the fistula and the lower esophagus and had reached the stomach.


1. Hombalkar NN, Dhanawade S, Hombalkar P, Vaze D. Esophageal atresia with tracheo-esophageal fistula: accidental trans-gastric intubation. J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg. 2009;14:224–5. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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