The EA/TEF study was originally known as the CARE Study (Congenital Anomalies research Exploration) and was created to improve our understanding of the genetic causes of birth defects. Since 2016, the focus of this study has been on GI defects such as EA/TEF. The EA/TEF study is funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH).
What is EA/TEF?
Esophageal atresia (EA) and tracheal esophageal fistula (TEF) are both problems of the esophagus and the trachea. Babies with EA or TEF have difficulty with swallowing and need surgical repair soon after birth. These types of birth defects are found in about 1 in 4,000 babies. At this time, not much is known about the genetic causes of EA/TEF.
What We’ve Learned
The EA/TEF branch of the CARE for Kids study is actively enrolling and still learning about the causes of these birth defects.
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