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VACTERL association


Other Names for this Disease

  • VATER association
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Prognosis

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What is the prognosis for children born with VACTERL association?

Children with VACTERL association may have many medical concerns; the specific problems vary widely. However, with optimal surgical correction, the prognosis can be favorable. While some patients will continue to be affected by their congenital malformations throughout life, cognitive impairment is not a symptom and many will survive and become happy, healthy adults.[1][2] It should be noted that for the best possible outcome, infants with this condition will need to be followed by a team of medical and developmental specialists.[1]
Last updated: 1/28/2014

References
  1. Castori M. VACTERL Association. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). 2012; http://www.rarediseases.org/rare-disease-information/rare-diseases/byID/486/viewAbstract. Accessed 1/28/2014.
  2. Solomon B. VACTERL/VATER association. Orphanet. December 2011; http://www.orpha.net/consor/cgi-bin/Disease_Search.php?lng=EN&data_id=603. Accessed 1/28/2014.


Other Names for this Disease
  • VATER association
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.