A Newborn With Abdominal Pain

Pediatrics. 2017 Nov;140(5):e20164267. doi: 10.1542/peds.2016-4267.

Abstract

A previously healthy 3-week-old boy presented with 5 hours of marked fussiness, abdominal distention, and poor feeding. He was afebrile and well perfused. His examination was remarkable for localized abdominal tenderness and distention. He was referred to the emergency department in which an abdominal radiograph revealed gaseous distention of the bowel with a paucity of gas in the pelvis. Complete blood cell count and urinalysis were unremarkable. His ongoing fussiness and abnormal physical examination prompted consultation with surgery and radiology. Our combined efforts ultimately established an unexpected diagnosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Pain / diagnostic imaging*
  • Abdominal Pain / etiology*
  • Abdominal Pain / surgery
  • Acute Disease
  • Appendicitis / complications*
  • Appendicitis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Appendicitis / surgery
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male