Written by William for CrossDove Writers /

While some like myself continue daily battles with a particular chronic illness such as COPD, severe Asthma, and a partially damaged heart, we also know that sometimes the wearing down of the human body from fighting one’s chronic illness may occasionally lead to the rising-up of other health issues.

With that thought in mind, we feel it is important for those fighting a chronic illness or disease to stay in touch with other health issues as well since many health issues can and may overlap with others. We feel it is always good to be educated on other health issues so as to know whether or not it may be causing issues with your own battle or someone else’s that you may care about.

So, in this write of ‘Health from A-to-Z’ we will talk about ESOPHAGEL ATRESIA!

 ESOPHAGEL ATRESIA, which we will refer to as ‘EA’, is a birth defect that affects the esophagus and the ability to swallow whole and/or liquid foods.

Normally, ‘EA’ is found when the esophagus comes to a blind-end pouch instead of connecting with the stomach.

‘EA’ can also be found with the esophagus being connected to a person’s trachea instead of the stomach, which would then cause food and/or drinks to either be regurgitated back into the mouth or nasal passages, or in some circumstances may get into the person’s lungs.

When discovered, the infant would be immediately connected to an intravenous fluid feed, many times down by the ankle area, and then positioned to help drain any secretions to decrease the likelihood of an aspiration.

‘EA’ can be treated with surgery, where the surgeon rebuilds the esophagus to connect with the stomach while sealing off any other previous connections to maybe the trachea.

With success and a few more days in the hospital, the patient should have a properly working esophagus.

            Anymore this birth defect many times can be detected by ultrasound after about 26 weeks, but in days past it would be discovered only when the newborn would begin to have trouble taking any feedings without choking, sneezing or coughing.

            While I really don’t remember exactly, this writer is witness to this birth defect as I was born with it some 63+ years ago. I was blessed to have had one of the most informed doctors available regarding this birth defect and he was able to save my life.

            One thing people will need to remember with this type of surgical procedure, especially on an infant, there will be follow up testing to be done for several years after the event.

            From a personal viewpoint, I do remember a minimum of yearly visits to the doctor where I would have to swallow a chalky tasting mixture, after which the medical folks would follow the swallowing by way of an x-ray. I recall having this done yearly up until I was in my early teens, after which I guess they thought my body had grown enough to not worry about it.

            It would be good for anyone who has had this health issue of an ‘ESOPHAGEL ATRESIA’ to remember that even as an adult, one should note if and when they ever find themselves having trouble swallowing as it could be scar tissue that is being an issue. Have it checked out.

            This particular birth defect still happens today and can happen in one of every 2,500 births – our reason for making it important to discuss ‘ESOPHAGEL ATRESIA’ in our series ‘Health from A-to-Z’.

            PLEASE BE AWARE – if you or anyone you know have any symptoms similar to our discussion of the day, and they linger over and over to the point of disrupting your daily lifestyle – then please see or talk to your physician and ask questions while being honest about the symptoms, and then make a game plan to clear those symptoms up!

            With that, Mr. William bids you all a Good Day!

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