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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 57-59

Bowel intussusception in premature baby: Needs high degree suspicion for early detection

Department of Paediatric Surgery, Sion Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Aboli Raghuvir Hukeri
Department of Paediatric Surgery, 4th Floor, Room No. 440, College Building, Sion Hospital, Sion, Mumbai - 400 022, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/jcn.JCN_89_18

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Intussusception is a rare entity in neonates, and its' symptomatology is almost exactly similar to necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). A 30-week preterm newborn was initially suspected to have to NEC based on clinical conditions and radiological findings, which turned out to be jejunojejunal intussusception with bowel gangrene on exploratory laparotomy. An initial diagnosis of NEC was made, and the neonate was treated with nonsurgical management. This led to difficulty in the diagnosis of intussusception. The patient died of sepsis in postoperative period. In preterm newborns, conditions other than NEC can have similar pathological abdominal findings, and hence suspicion is needed for timely diagnosis and urgent surgical management.

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