Pediatric Surgery International

, Volume 21, Issue 6, pp 428–431 | Cite as

Double bubble, double trouble

  • H. Okti Poki
  • A. J. A. HollandEmail author
  • J. Pitkin
Original Article


Duodenal atresia (DA) is not uncommon, either as an isolated anomaly or associated with trisomy 21, malrotation, or cardiac anomalies. It may be diagnosed on antenatal ultrasound by a “double-bubble” sign, which typically persists after birth on a plain abdominal radiograph. DA as a familial association is rare but has been reported with or without other associated anomalies. We report DA in two siblings of nonconsanguineous parents, one case occurring with an annular pancreas in association with gestational diabetes. These two cases suggest possible genetic and environmental components in the aetiology of this anomaly.


Duodenal atresia Familial Annular pancreas 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Douglas Cohen Department of Paediatric Surgery, The Children’s Hospital at WestmeadThe University of SydneyWestmeadAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Academic Surgery, The Children’s Hospital at WestmeadThe University of SydneyWestmeadAustralia

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