Spontaneous focal gastrointestinal perforation in very low birth weight infants

Judy L. Aschner, Karl S. Deluga, Leon A. Metlay, Robert W. Emmens, Karen D. Hendricks-Munoz

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Abstract

Spontaneous, focal gastrointestinal perforation occurred in six very low birth weight infants. The first recognized clinical sign of perforation in five of the six infants was striking blue-black discoloration of the abdominal wall. In all cases the clinical and radiographic presentations, as well as the histologic findings, were distinct from those associated with necrotizing enterocolitis. All 4 infants who underwent exploratory laparotomy and repair had excellent surgical outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)364-367
Number of pages4
JournalThe Journal of Pediatrics
Volume113
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1988

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Aschner, J. L., Deluga, K. S., Metlay, L. A., Emmens, R. W., & Hendricks-Munoz, K. D. (1988). Spontaneous focal gastrointestinal perforation in very low birth weight infants. The Journal of Pediatrics, 113(2), 364-367. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0022-3476(88)80285-3