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Gastrointestinal perforations in neonatal period: experience over 10 years.
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PMID:  22929145     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
AIM: This report describes our experience concerning gastrointestinal perforation due to necrotizing enterocolitis during a 10-year period.
METHOD: The cases of 27 gastrointestinal perforations, which were treated in our hospital, were retrospectively reviewed.
RESULTS: All patients were neonates and infants up to the age of 2 months. The study population consisted of 16 boys (59.3%) and 11 girls (40.7%). Twenty-one neonates (77.8%) were preterm, and the median gestational age was 28 weeks. Twenty-four cases (88.9%) of perforation underwent laparotomy. The overall mortality was 63%. Seventy-six percent of the preterm neonates and only 16.7% of the full-term neonates died.
CONCLUSIONS: Gastrointestinal perforation is still connected with a high mortality rate, with necrotizing enterocolitis being the main cause of death. The neonates who did not undergo surgery all died.
George Sakellaris; Nikolaos Partalis; Olga Dede; Athanasios Alegakis; Chrisa Seremeti; Eftichia Korakaki; Christina Giannakopoulou
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric emergency care     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1535-1815     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Emerg Care     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8507560     Medline TA:  Pediatr Emerg Care     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  886-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
From the *Department of Paediatric Surgery, University Hospital of Heraklion; †Department of Toxicology, University of Crete; and ‡Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete, Greece.
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