Annals of Pediatric Surgery

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Isolated ileocecal valve atresia

Maher AlZaiem, Abdulhai F. Al-Garni, Abdulrahman Almaghrebi, Fadi Zaiem


Ileocecal valve atresia is a rare variety of gastrointestinal atresia. There have been only 10 cases reported in the literature. In this paper, we report the case of a 4-day-old male preterm, who presented with signs of neonatal intestinal obstruction. Contrast enema showed microcolon with no reflux of the contrast into the terminal ileum. Exploratory laparotomy showed an isolated ileocecal valve atresia. The atretic segment was resected and an ileocolic anastomosis was performed. The histopathological report confirmed the diagnosis of ileocecal valve atresia. The postoperative recovery was uneventful.

Keywords: atresia of ileocecal junction, ileocecal valve atresia, intestinal atresia, neonatal intestinal obstruction
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