Published: 2020-05-22

Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction in newborn: a case report

Mahmoud M. Osman, Ahmed Hassan Sherif, Mohammed Saleh Alissa, Suzan Abdel Hamid, Adel Abdelsalam Alatar


Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction (CIPO) is a rare and serious disorder of the gastrointestinal tract motility with the primary defect of impaired peristalsis. Symptoms are consistent with a bowel obstruction, although mechanical obstruction cannot be identified. It is a rare differential diagnosis for neonatal intestinal obstruction. Herein we report a case of neonate with non-resolving intestinal pseudo-obstruction, presenting since birth as progressive abdominal distention. The diagnosis was made by exclusion of mechanical causes of intestinal obstruction via thorough imaging studies.


Impaired peristalsis, Intestinal obstruction, Motility disorder, Pseudo-obstruction

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