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Baby had persistent non visualisation of fetal stomach. Did not have esophagal atresia when born. Occassionally hear noises in chest, stomach. Link to Spinal muscular atrophy?

My baby had a persistant non visulisation of fetal stomach from 20 weeks and on weekly scans up to 28 weeks where a small stomach appeared but stayed small until he was born. He was born with a full esophagus and did not have the suspected diagnoses of esophagal atresia,he is now 12 weeks and seems to be thriving. Occasionally I do hear strange noises coming from his chest/stomach and sometimes with his breathing especially of a night time (possibly reflux ). I am writing to check if there are any other possible causes of persistant non visulisation of fetal stomach where baby has been born considered healthy but later findings have told otherwise. Is there perhaps a link to non visulised fetal stomach and Spinal Muscular Atrophy?
Asked On : Mon, 14 Jan 2013
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Ultrasound is a operator dependent procedure and occasionally can be missed by the ultrasonologist. Stomach bubble sometimes is migrated into the chest in a condition called congenital diaphragmatic hernia. But it would have been picked up if your baby had undergone any chest X-Ray. There is no link between non visualized fetal stomach and spinal muscular atrophy. And yes the sounds that you hear may be due to a reflux. Nurse your child in a upright position. Make him sleep on a car chair. Burp him properly. If it persists, consult a pediatrician or pediatric surgeon.
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