Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 97–100 | Cite as

Nonoperative treatment of simple meconium ileus: A survey of the Society for Pediatric Radiology

  • S. C. S. Kao
  • E. A. FrankenJr
A Pediatric G. I. Symposium — From the 1993 Society for Pediatric Radiology Meeting in Seattle


To determine the practice pattern regarding nonoperative treatment of simple meconium ileus, a survey was sent to directors of 66 pediatric radiology departments in the USA and Canada. Thirty-nine responses were received reporting 1,236 patients. A wide variation of enema techniques and contrast media were used. While the success rate did not correlate with osmolality, mode of administration, catheter size, or perforation rate there was a significantly higher overall success rate with the use of Gastrografin versus no-Gastrografin (p<0.00076) and the use of additives such as Tween-80 and Mucomyst versus techniques without additives (p<0.00001). Perforation did not correlate with success rate, osmolality, or type of contrast medium. The only two instances of rectal perforations were associated with the use of ballon-tip catheter.


Public Health Catheter Success Rate Contrast Medium Perforation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. C. S. Kao
    • 1
  • E. A. FrankenJr
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyThe University of Iowa College of MedicineIowa CityUSA

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