Volume 7, Issue 5, October 2019, Page: 138-142
Neonatal Intestinal Obstruction: A 5 Year Experience in a Tertiary Hospital in Enugu, Nigeria
Chukwubuike Kevin Emeka, Department of Surgery, Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria
Odetunde Oluwatoyin Arinola, Department of Surgery, Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria
Ekwochi Uchenna, Department of Pediatrics, Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria
Iheji Chukwunonso Chigozie, Department of Pediatrics, Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria
Eze Thaddeus Chikaodili, Department of Surgery, Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria
Received: Jul. 31, 2019;       Accepted: Aug. 18, 2019;       Published: Sep. 2, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.js.20190705.15      View  443      Downloads  94
Background: Neonatal intestinal obstruction is one of the most common surgical emergencies in a newborn requiring the services of a pediatric surgeon. This study reports the etiology, sex incidence, age of presentation, management and outcome of neonatal intestinal obstruction in pediatric surgical unit of a tertiary hospital in Enugu, Nigeria. Methodology: This was a retrospective study of neonates who presented, at Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, with intestinal obstruction over a 5-year period. Result: Thirty five neonates were recruited into the study. There were 24 (68.6%) males and 11 (31.4%) females. Five patients (14.3%) were delivered before term (preterm) while thirty patients (85.7%) were delivered at term. Most of the patients (54.3%) presented after 72 hours from onset of symptoms. Abdominal distension was the most common symptomatology recorded in our patients. Necrotizing enterocolitis was the most common etiology in our patients accounting for 17 neonates (48.6%). This was followed by anorectal malformation 5 (14.3%), obstructed hernia 4 (11.4%), intestinal atresia 4 (11.4%), Hirschsprung’s disease 3 (8.6%), meconium plug 2 (5.7%). Colostomy formation was the most common surgical procedure performed. Twenty percent of our patients developed post-operative complication and mortality was 22.9%. Conclusion: Necrotizing enterocolitis is the most common cause of neonatal intestinal obstruction in the current study. With the mortality of 22.9%, the outcome in our patients is still poor and requires some improvements.
Intestinal Obstruction, Neonates, Necrotizing Enterocolitis
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Chukwubuike Kevin Emeka, Odetunde Oluwatoyin Arinola, Ekwochi Uchenna, Iheji Chukwunonso Chigozie, Eze Thaddeus Chikaodili, Neonatal Intestinal Obstruction: A 5 Year Experience in a Tertiary Hospital in Enugu, Nigeria, Journal of Surgery. Vol. 7, No. 5, 2019, pp. 138-142. doi: 10.11648/j.js.20190705.15
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