tracheo-oesophageal fistula


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tracheo-oesophageal fistula

An abnormal connection between the windpipe (trachea) and the gullet (oesophagus), present at birth. This results from failure of full differentiation of the two structures in early fetal life. The baby cannot swallow normally and milk may enter the trachea causing choking and the risk of asphyxia, pneumonia and collapse of the lungs. Early surgical correction is necessary.
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Bailey Stark was born with a detached oesophagus and was diagnosed with Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula (TOF).
Oesophageal atresia and tracheo-oesophageal fistula: current management strategies and complications.
For example, "TOF" could be taken to mean "tetralogy of fallot" or "tracheo-oesophageal fistula" - two completely different conditions.
(3) Traditional therapy for a recurrent tracheo-oesophageal fistula (RTF) involves a repeat thoracotomy, with its associated risks and significant morbidity.
When Smith was born, his parents were told that he was suffering from tracheo-oesophageal fistula.
When Suzanne, 37, read our recent report on Harrison Cooper-Jones, who was born with an tracheo-oesophageal fistula (TOF) and at the age of three started to eat solid food for the first time after undergoing a pioneering treatment, she wanted to raise awareness of Toby's problems and others like him.
Clinical findings and respiratory function in infants following repair of oesophageal atresia and tracheo-oesophageal fistula. Eur Respir J.
"Three hours later we were told he had TOF - Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula - which affects around one in 3,000 babies."
Hayley supports Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula Support (0115 961 3092 www.tofs.org.uk), a charity that helps families of babies who are born unable to swallow.
More serious conditions include children being born with defects such as gastroschisis tracheo-oesophageal fistula, sarcoidosis and other congenital malformations.
"It seems that tracheo-oesophageal fistula or TOF is a common condition and that thousands of babies are born with.