The Alimentary Tract and Exocrine Pancreas

  • Liina KihoEmail author


Gastrointestinal (GI) abnormality is common in both the fetus and the neonate. GI malformations are diagnosed in fetal life with increasing frequency, enabling delivery in units with appropriate facilities. GI malformations, both isolated and syndromic, are encountered at autopsy, although only a small proportion are in themselves fatal. Malformations and postnatally acquired diseases contribute to neonatal morbidity and mortality, comprising most of the histopathological specimens received from neonatal surgical units. An understanding of GI development, the range of pathological abnormalities, and their associations and significance makes an important contribution to clinical management of the affected individual and his family.


Fetus Neonate Gastrointestinal tract Developmental abnormality Cleft lip Cleft palate Atresia Tracheoesophageal fistula Enteric duplication Cyst Meconium ileus Perforation Necrotizing enterocolitis Hirschsprung’s disease Gastroschisis Omphalocele Pancreas 


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  1. 1.Department of HistopathologyGreat Ormond Street HospitalLondonUK

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