Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 44, Issue 3, pp 349–354 | Cite as

Fetal MRI of hereditary multiple intestinal atresia with postnatal correlation

  • Tangayi Githu
  • Arnold C. Merrow
  • Jason K. Lee
  • Aaron P. Garrison
  • Rebeccah L. Brown
Case Report


Hereditary multiple intestinal atresia (HMIA) is an extremely uncommon cause of congenital bowel obstruction. The morbidity and mortality of this disease differ significantly from those of isolated intestinal atresias and non-hereditary forms of multiple intestinal atresia. Most notably, despite successful operative repairs of the atresias found in this disease, HMIA maintains a 100% lethality rate from continued post-operative intestinal failure and an associated severe immunodeficiency. We present a case of HMIA evaluated with fetal MRI and subsequently diagnosed by a combination of corroborative postnatal imaging with surgical exploration and pathological examination.


Hereditary multiple intestinal atresia Congenital bowel obstruction Fetal MRI Neonate 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tangayi Githu
    • 1
    • 3
  • Arnold C. Merrow
    • 1
  • Jason K. Lee
    • 1
  • Aaron P. Garrison
    • 2
    • 4
  • Rebeccah L. Brown
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical CenterCincinnatiUSA
  2. 2.Department of Surgical Services, Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic SurgeryCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical CenterCincinnatiUSA
  3. 3.Radiology of Huntsville, P.C.HuntsvilleUSA
  4. 4.Pediatric SurgeryAkron Children’s HospitalAkronUSA

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