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Colonic atre­sia is a rare con­gen­i­tal con­di­tion in which the colon fails to de­velop cor­rectly in the womb, caus­ing a block­age in the baby’s bowel. Symp­toms include halted bowel move­ment, swollen belly, re­fusal to eat and per­sis­tent vom­it­ing. Po­ten­tially life-threat­en­ing, colonic atre­sia is usu­ally treated with surgery that re­pairs the ob­struc­tion.

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