Intestinal obstruction and ileus in the newborn

Published:November 06, 2021DOI:


      Intestinal obstruction is a common surgical cause of admission to the neonatal intensive care unit. Bilious vomiting, abdominal distension and feed intolerance are the hallmark features of presentation. The cause in these babies ranges from the proximal oesophageal atresia to the distal anorectal malformation and the approach and management of this wide differential remains a challenge for the surgeon and neonatologist combined. This short article provides an overview of approach, investigation and management of some of the surgically encountered causes of neonatal obstruction.


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