Diagnosis of Intestinal Atresia or Web

In many cases, intestinal atresia or intestinal web may be diagnosed before birth on a prenatal (during pregnancy) ultrasound. If your OBGYN suspects your baby may have intestinal atresia or web once your baby is born, their team may order one or more of the following tests:

  • X-ray. This imaging test uses radiation to create detailed pictures of the inside of your baby’s body.
  • Contrast study. Either an upper gastrointestinal series or a barium enema.
  • Echocardiogram (ECG). Because so many babies born with intestinal atresia or web also have other health complications, this imaging test checks your baby’s heart and kidneys’ function and structure.

Treatments for Intestinal Atresia or Web

If your baby has intestinal atresia or web, they will need surgery shortly after birth. During the procedure, your baby will be under general anesthesia. In other words, they will be asleep for the procedure. Their surgeon will remove the intestines' blockage and restore intestinal continuity (intestines that would not be functional). After surgery, most babies will temporarily stay in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to recover and ensure their intestines are working properly. This may take several weeks.

Care after surgery

While your baby is recovering from surgery, they will need intravenous (IV) feeding. Once your child’s intestines are functioning normally, you can begin feeding breast milk or formula. Your baby’s care team will provide specific instructions and support for this process.

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Contact an Orlando Health doctor

If you suspect that your child may have intestinal atresia or intestinal web, make an appointment with an Orlando Health pediatrician today so your child can start on the road to improved health.