A perspective for pediatric surgeons: chronic idiopathic intestinal pseudoobstruction

J Pediatr Surg. 1979 Dec;14(6):719-27. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3468(79)80253-5.


Chronic idiopathic intestinal pseudoobstruction (CIIP) is a disorder of alimentary tract motility with onset of symptoms in adolescence or young adulthood, characterized by recurring attacks of abdominal pain, distention, vomiting, and constipation often leading to malnutrition and death. Starting with an adolescent patient, treated for a succession of life-threatening attacks of pseudoobstruction, the authors have identified CIIP in four generations of a Virginia family. Studies show characteristic dilation and diminished motility of the esophagus and intestine. Surgery's role in CIIP is palliative, and operation should only be offered when medical measures have failed to control symptoms.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Obstruction / diagnosis
  • Intestinal Obstruction / genetics*
  • Intestinal Obstruction / surgery
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pedigree