November 1st, 2020

Prisca II: the cure


Earlier today, your colleague in the department of pediatrics found that Prisca Cabrini, a (currently) 10-hour-old neonate, had esophageal atresia with a distal tracheoesophageal fistula (EA-TOF). She is in your ward now, awaiting surgical correction.

You quickly go through Prisca's records. You note that: her birth weight was 2600 g; she has no other congenital anomalies; respiratory examination was normal; plain x-rays of the chest showed clear lung fields; and echocardiography revealed a structurally and functionally normal heart.

You also note that the gap between the proximal and distal esophageal pouches is roughly 2 cm.

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