Spontaneous perforation of Meckel's diverticulum without peritonitis in a newborn: report of a case

Chang, Y-Tang.; Lin, J-You.; Huang, Y-Sheng.

Surgery Today 36(12): 1114-1117

2006


ISSN/ISBN: 0941-1291
PMID: 17123143
DOI: 10.1007/s00595-006-3317-3
Accession: 050368266

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Abstract
A case of a newborn male with a perforation of Meckel's diverticulum is reported. The clinical course consisted of progressive abdominal distention and pneumoperitoneum that formed within 29 h after birth. The perforation of Meckel's diverticulum was not associated with peritonitis because meconium did not contaminate the abdominal cavity. The histology of the diverticulum showed a nearly intact muscular layer but a focal muscular defect. Neither any inflammatory phenomena nor ectopic mucosa was found. A congenital focal muscular defect of the diverticulum and a sudden elevation of intraluminal pressure due to bowel movement after birth may thus be the pathogenesis of a spontaneous perforation. A search of the English literature did not reveal any similar case.

Spontaneous perforation of Meckel's diverticulum without peritonitis in a newborn: report of a case