Definition of atresia
1 : absence or closure of a natural passage of the body
2 : absence or disappearance of an anatomical part (such as an ovarian follicle) by degeneration
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Goldring’s condition was pulmonary atresia with tetralogy of Fallot.
Robertson was born with a chronic liver disease called biliary atresia that affects his physical growth.
TOF affects one in 2,500 newborns; the pulmonary atresia variety affects less than 20% of that number.
In tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia, there's also a hole between the right and left pumping chambers of the heart.
What is tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia?
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Medical Definition of atresia
1: absence or closure of a natural passage of the body atresia of the small intestine
2: absence or disappearance of an anatomical part (as an ovarian follicle) by degeneration
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