Neonatal Intestinal Obstruction

  • Randall S. Burd


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.


Intestinal Obstruction Abdominal Distention Choledochal Cyst Esophageal Atresia Perineal Depression 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Randall S. Burd
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  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Division of Pediatric SurgeryUniversity of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical SchoolNew BrunswickUSA

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