Not Everything Is Cordless Today-Case Report of Acute Intestinal Obstruction in a Neonate Due to Cord Clamping

Front Pediatr. 2022 Jan 7;9:810570. doi: 10.3389/fped.2021.810570. eCollection 2021.


We report a case of a 2-day-old neonate with bilious vomiting and abdominal distension. A small bowel obstruction with ileal perforation due to a misplaced clamping of the umbilical cord was apparent before laparotomy. This complication was a sequala after clamping the cord too close to the abdominal wall in a case where there was a hernia into the cord with intestinal content. A herniation of abdominal contents due to an omphalocele minor or a hernia must be taken into consideration during the inspection of the umbilical cord before clamping.

Keywords: cord clamping; hernia to the cord; intestinal obstruction; newborn; omphalocele.

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