Acquired colonic atresia in a 4-month old term male infant: a rare case report

Kamal Nain Rattan, Gurupriya J., Shruti Bansal, Rohit Kapoor, Roomi Yadav


Acquired colonic atresias are very rare but, are known in association with necrotizing enterocolitis. We report a case of a 4-month term male infant with recurrent episodes of abdominal distension, bilious vomiting and constipation off and on, without the history of necrotizing enterocolitis. Exploratory laparotomy was performed, an inflammatory mass with multiple dense interloop adhesions were found in the mid-transverse colon. These adhesions were lysed to identify the proximal dilated and distal blind end of the colon.  Rest of the gut was normal.  This case is unique for the fact that, it is a case of acquired colonic atresia without history of necrotizing enterocolitis, unlike other reported cases of acquired colonic atresia.


Acquired intestinal atresia, Intestinal obstruction, Necrotizing enterocolitis

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