Perforated Meckel's Diverticulum causing Intussusception in a Neonate

Hamdi Louati; Mohamed Zouari*; Mohamed Jallouli; Mahdi Ben Dhaou; Hayet Zitouni; Riadh Mhiri

Department of Pediatric Surgery, Hedi Chaker Hospital, Sfax, Tunisia

Correspondence: *. *Corresponding author: Dr Mohamed Zouari, Ain road Km 0,5, 3029 Sfax, Tunisia E-mail: E-mail:

Received: 2017 March 1; Accepted: 2017 April 2

J Neonat Surg. 2017 Aug 10; 6(3): 73
doi: 10.21699/jns.v6i3.568


Copyright: © 2017 Louati et al

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Intussusception is well-recognised in young children; however this condition is very rare in newborns [1]. Neonatal intussusception is usually caused by several conditions including Meckel’s diverticulum, intestinal polyps and intestinal duplication [1]. Meckel’s diverticulum can present at any age group; however rarely, a symptomatic Meckel’s diverticulum may present in neonates [2]. We report a rare case of neonatal bowel obstruction with an intussusception secondary to perforated Meckel’s diverticulum..

A male newborn at term, weighing 2350 grams, presented with bilious vomiting without abdominal distension. The plain abdominal radiograph showed a gastric distention without pneumatosis intestinalis or free air. Laboratory tests did not demonstrate any alteration. A midgut volvulus was suspected based on ultrasound data. Upon surgical exploration, we found an ileo-ileal intussusception which was manually reduced. After reduction, we founded an ileal perforated Meckel’s diverticulum (Fig.1). The affected bowel segment was resected and end-to-end ileo-ileal anastomosis was done. The postoperative course was uneventful. Histopathology report was consistent with perforated Meckel’s diverticulum.

Intussusception occurs very infrequently in the neonatal period, with a reported incidence ranging from 0.3% to 2.7% in the first month of life, and results in less than 3% of all neonatal bowel obstructions [3]. Neonatal intussusception does not have any classical radiological signs. The most common imaging findings in neonates with intussusception are signs of ileus such as dilation of bowel loops [4]. In our case radiological exploration was not helpful. Perforated Meckel’s diverticulum is rarely found in neonates [5]. To summarize, neonatal intussusception is an extremely rare clinical entity. This diagnosis is frequently missed and requires a high index of suspicion.

[Figure ID: F1] Figure 1: A: Intraoperative view showing the ileo-ileal intussusception (arrow). B: Intraoperative view, after reduction, showing the perforated Meckel’s diverticulum (arrow)


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