In utero bowel perforation

In utero bowel perforation results in a chemical peritonitis (meconium peritonitis) from peritoneal leakage of sterile meconium.

It can result from many causes which include:

The estimated incidence is variable, ranging ~1 in 3000-35,000 births.

Recognised risk factors include:

  • maternal narcotic cocaine consumption 2

The typical features are those of meconium peritonitis and include:

These are discussed in detail in that article.

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rID: 15245
Tag: cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Bowel perforation in utero
  • Fetal bowel perforation
  • In utero intestinal perforation
  • Intra-uterine bowel perforation
  • In-utero bowel perforation
  • Antenatal bowel perforation
  • In-utero bowel perforation

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