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Beware of neonatal appendicitis

Author(s): Khan Rizwan | Menon Prema | Rao K. L. N.

Journal: Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
ISSN 0971-9261

Volume: 15;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 67;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Appendicitis | neonate | necrotizing enterocolitis | peritonitis

We report a neonate with acute appendicitis who was mistakenly diagnosed and treated initially as neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis. The diagnostic dilemma of this rare and life-threatening condition in premature babies and newborns is underlined. Awareness of this rare condition and possible differential diagnosis in this age group is also discussed.
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