Idiopathic colonic perforation in the neonate.


Journal Article

We describe a premature infant in whom spontaneous perforation of the colon was initially detected on routine abdominal films. There was no clinical evidence of necrotizing enterocolitis, peritonitis, or bowel obstruction. Surgical and pathologic findings confirmed the diagnosis of idiopathic bowel perforation. Since spontaneous gastrointestinal perforation in the neonate is often difficult to diagnose clinically, radiographic evaluation may allow earlier diagnosis and prompt surgical treatment of this life-threatening condition.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Goodman, P; Dominguez, R

Published Date

  • February 1991

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 18 - 20

PubMed ID

  • 2027805

Pubmed Central ID

  • 2027805

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0749-5161

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00006565-199102000-00005


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States