Duodenal atresia (patient information)

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Duodenal Atresia


What are the symptoms?

What are the causes?

Who is at highest risk?


When to seek urgent medical care?

Treatment options

Where to find medical care for Duodenal atresia?


What to expect (Outlook/Prognosis)?

Possible complications

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Hamid Qazi, MD, BSc [2]


Duodenal atresia is a condition in which the first part of the small bowel (the duodenum) has not developed properly. It is not open and cannot allow the passage of stomach contents.

What are the Symptoms of (Disease name)?

Symptoms of duodenal atresia include:

What Causes (disease name)?

  • The cause of duodenal atresia is unknown.
  • It is thought to result from problems during an embryo's development, in which the duodenum does not change from a solid to a tube-like structure, as it normally would.
  • Many infants with duodenal atresia also have Down syndrome. Duodenal atresia is often associated with other birth defects.

Who is at Highest Risk?


  • A fetal ultrasound may show excessive amounts of amniotic fluid in the womb (polyhydramnios). It may also show swelling of the baby's stomach and part of the duodenum.
  • An abdominal x-ray may show air in the stomach and first part of duodenum, with no air beyond that. This is known as the double-bubble sign.

When to Seek Urgent Medical Care?

Call your health care provider if your newborn is:

Treatment Options

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What to Expect (Outlook/Prognosis)?

  • Recovery from the duodenal atresia is expected after treatment. Untreated, the condition is deadly.

Possible Complications

These complications may occur:

After surgery, there may be complications such as:



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