Evisceration following Abdominal Scarification in Neonates

J Trop Pediatr. 2018 Jun 1;64(3):237-240. doi: 10.1093/tropej/fmx042.


Invasive traditional practices which are frequently harmful are common in the care of children including neonates in developing countries. We report two cases of evisceration of intra-abdominal viscera in two neonates subjected to abdominal scarification with razor blades following febrile illnesses. The greater omentum and a loop of jejunum, respectively, were eviscerated. Both were successfully managed and discharged home. Consent was obtained from the parents for the use of the photos. These cases highlight the dangers of invasive traditional practices on neonates and the urgent need for enlightenment campaigns as well as enactment of policies to help protect these children in developing countries.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Injuries / complications*
  • Abdominal Injuries / surgery*
  • Cicatrix*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Omentum / injuries*
  • Omentum / surgery*
  • Treatment Outcome