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Perforated acute appendicitis in a term neonate.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Indian journal of pediatrics
Publication Date
Volume
71
Issue
4
Pages
357–358
Identifiers
PMID: 15107522
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

Acute appendicitis is rare in term neonates. In most of the reported cases, it is seen as a complication of necrotizing enterocolitis, Hirschsprung's disease, cystic fibrosis, meconium plug, inguinal hernia, umbilical hernia, Group B Streptococcal septicemia and chorioamnionitis. A surviving term male newborn with isolated acute appendicitis with perforation is reported. A high index of suspicion of acute appendicitis, early surgery and the importance of a thorough search for a perforation in cases of neonatal acute abdominal distention is stressed. Literature of this rare condition is reviewed briefly.

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