Pyloric atresia: A report of ten patients

  • A Ksia
  • Ha Zitouni
  • A Zrig
  • R laamiri
  • F Chioukh
  • E Ayari
  • L Sahnoun
  • K Maazoun
  • I Krichene
  • M Mekki
  • M Belghith
  • A Nouri
Keywords: Epidermolysis bullosa, pyloric atresia, surgery


Pyloric atresia (PA) is uncommon. It occurs in 1:100000 live births.  Neonates usually present soon after birth with copious non-bilious vomiting. The treatment is surgical and its prognosis is poor, especially, when it is associated with epidermolysis bullosa (EB). The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical presentation, diagnosis, operative  management, post-operative courses, and outcome in infant with PA, based in our cases and literature review. Charts of 10 patients who  underwent surgery for PA in the department of paediatric surgery in a Teaching Hospital in Tunisia (Monastir) between 1990 and 2012 were reviewed. Data were analysed for demographic, clinical, therapeutic, and prognostic characteristics. The average of age at presentation was 2 days and there were six males and four females. The main presenting symptoms were non-bilious vomiting in 90% of cases. Abdominal X-ray showed gastric dilatation with an absence of gas in the rest of the  intestinal tract in 90%, and a pneumoperitoneum in one. The surgical approach was laparotomy in all cases. Gastric perforation was observed in one patient and was completely repaired. The distribution of the anatomic variations was type A in nine cases and type B in one. Five patients  underwent excision of the diaphragm and Heineke-Mikulicz pyloroplasty and gastroduodenostomy in the other five cases. Identifi ed associated  anomalies were Down’s syndrome in one and EB in 2 (20%), one family has three affected sibling. Post-operative mortality rate was 70%. No standard surgical approach can be adopted a better management of PA or the associated anomalies depends on an early diagnosis and the  availability of neonatal intensive care unit.

Key words: Epidermolysis bullosa, pyloric atresia, surgery


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