Title

Neonatal intestinal obstruction

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

12-1-2005

Journal

Learning Surgery: The Surgery Clerkship Manual

DOI

10.1007/0-387-28310-2_36

Abstract

While the causes of newborn intestinal obstruction are diverse, a systematic approach can be used to differentiate the most common causes. The antenatal history, initial presentation, physical examination, and plain radiographs frequently can establish the diagnosis. The choice of additional diagnostic imaging, such as an upper or lower gastrointestinal series or ultrasound, should be based on the results of the initial workup. The basic principle of treating neonatal intestinal obstruction is to relieve the mechanical obstruction, whether the cause is due to luminal or extraluminal obstruction. © Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005.

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