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   2012| September-December  | Volume 9 | Issue 3  
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Role of rectal myomectomy in refractory chronic constipation
Rajeev G Redkar, Pankaj K Mishra, Chandralekha Thampi, Shachi Mishra
September-December 2012, 9(3):202-205
DOI:10.4103/0189-6725.104720  PMID:23250240
Background: To assess the role of diagnostic and therapeutic value of anorectal myectomy in cases of chronic refractory constipation. Materials and Methods: Twenty-eight patients 11 months to 9 years of age presenting with chronic constipation, with contrast enema showing dilated rectum and sigmoid colon were included in the study. Anorectal myectomy under general anaesthesia was carried out in these selected patients and were followed-up for up to 6 months to 5 years. Clinical improvement was measured by post-operative bowel habits and relief of symptoms. Results: Twenty-two patients improved clinically; partial response in 4 patients, no response in 2 patients. Two patient required further pull through surgery and was found to have transition zone at the recto-sigmoid level. Ten patients had aganglionosis (of which 5 had ganglion cells present in the proximal part of speciment), 7 had normal histology, 7 had hypoganglionosis, 2 had intestinal neuronal dysplasia, one had nerve hypertrophy and one had immature ganglia. Conclusion: Anorectal myectomy is an effective and technically simple procedure in selected patients with chronic refractory constipation, for both diagnostic and therapeutic purpose. Because apart from confirming Hirschsprung's disease, it also therapeutically relieves symptoms in 93% of patients with chronic refractory constipation.
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Complicated childhood inguinal hernias in UITH, Ilorin
Kayode T Bamigbola, Abdulrasheed A Nasir, Lukman O Abdur-Rahman, James O Adeniran
September-December 2012, 9(3):227-230
DOI:10.4103/0189-6725.104725  PMID:23250245
Background: Complicated inguinal hernias pose a threat to the life of the child as well as increase the morbidity associated with management of an otherwise straightforward condition. The aim of this study was to determine the presentation, treatment and management outcome of complicated inguinal hernias in children. Materials and Methods: A retrospective study of all children 15 years and less managed for complicated inguinal hernia between 2002 and 2010. Data obtained included demographic characteristics, presentation, operative findings and outcome. Results: Complicated hernia rate was 13.9%.There were 41 children, 38 boys (92.7%) and 3 girls. Ages ranged between 4 days and 15 years (Median = 90days). Most were infants (48.8%, n = 20) and neonates accounted for 19.5% (n = 8). Median duration of symptoms prior to presentation was 18 h (range = 2-96 h). Seven patients had been scheduled for elective surgery. Hernia was right sided in 68.3% (n = 28). Symptoms included vomiting (68.3%), abdominal distension (34.1%) and constipation (4.9%); one patient presented with seizures. In 19 (46.3%) patients hernia was reducible while 22(53.7%) had emergency surgery. Associated anomalies included undescended testis (12.2%), umbilical hernia (14.6%). Intestinal resection rate was 7.3% and testicular gangrene occurred in 14.6%. Mean duration of surgery was 60.3 ± 26.7 min. Wound infection occurred in six patients (14.6%). Overall complication rate was 24.4%, 30% in infants. The mortality rate was 2.4% (n = 1). Conclusions: Morbidity associated with complicated inguinal hernia is high in neonates and infants. Delayed presentation is common in our setting. Educating the parents as well as primary care physicians on the need for early presentation is necessary.
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Preventing posterior sagittal anoplasty 'cripples' in areas with limited medical resources: A few modifications to surgical approach in anorectal malformations
Claudio Olivieri, Kibreab Belay, Riccardo Coletta, Giuseppe Retrosi, Philippe Molle, Alessandro Calisti
September-December 2012, 9(3):223-226
DOI:10.4103/0189-6725.104724  PMID:23250244
Background: Anorectal malformations (ARM) are the most common neonatal emergencies in Sub-Saharan Africa countries. Late presentation, lack of pediatric facilities and trained paediatric surgeons influence the outcome of these patients. This study reports a 5-year of experience in the management of ARM at the Orotta Referral Hospital in Asmara (Eritrea) and proposes some modified surgical approaches to minimize the risk of complications and the length of hospital stay. Materials and Methods: We reviewed the records of 38 patients with ARM observed between September 2006 and April 2011. Since 2009 a modification of original posterior sagittal anorectoplasty (PSARP) was introduced, consisting in a long rectal stump (3 cms) closed and left at the perineal level, to be trimmed after two weeks. This avoided mucous spillage on the wound and prevented contamination. Post-operative course and outcome were evalued in the two group of patients divided according the type of surgical technique (Group A: Standard PSARP; Group B: Modified PSARP). Results: There were 21 boys and 17 girls aged 4 days to 9 years (median age 182 days). Of the 38 patients, 2 infants died before surgery and 3 refused preliminary colostomy. Previously confectioned colostomies often required revision or redoing due to severe prolapse or malposition. When possible, primary sigmoid colostomy was performed. There were 15 patients in Group A and 18 in Group B. Wound infection or disruption were recorded in 7 cases (46%) in Group A and in 2 (11%) in Group B. Late complications were related to anal stenosis, which required long term dilatations. Three cases needed a PSARP redo (2 in Group A, 1 Group B). Conclusions: We believe that our simple modification of original PSARP technique could be of help lowering post-operative complications rate and reducing hospital stay. Family compliance is mandatory for long-term surgical success. A relevant time must be spent in training to stoma care and post-operative anal dilatation.
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Endoscopic dilatation for benign oesophageal strictures in infants and toddlers: Experience of an expectant protocol from North African tertiary centre
Sherif M.K Shehata, Mohamed E Enaba
September-December 2012, 9(3):187-192
DOI:10.4103/0189-6725.104717  PMID:23250237
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to present the safety and effectiveness of an expectant protocol employing Savary-Gilliard dilatation in benign oesophageal stricture in infants and toddlers along a decade of experience. Patients and Methods: Thirty eight infants and toddlers with benign oesophageal stricture with age ranged between 5 and 22 months were treated by modified dilatation protocol. Complications and outcomes of the dilatation protocol were reported during a follow-up period of 12 to 100 months. Results: We have 25 cases of corrosive stricture, 4 congenital, 4 post-reflux and 5 post-anastomotic strictures. A total of 654 dilatations in 265 sessions were done. The corrosive subgroup has a mean dysphagia score of 2.6 pre-dilatation that improved at 6 months after end of dilatation to a mean of 0.3. In the non-corrosive subgroup, significant lower number of dilatation and sessions were reported. We have three failures that need surgery. Thirty five cases reach acceptable oesophageal caliber. Mucosal tear and small perforation each reported once. Small diverticulum reported twice. Conclusions: The expectant dilatation protocol is feasible in managing benign oesophageal stricture in infants and toddlers without increasing the morbidity. It is effective even in long segment or multiple corrosive strictures.
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Diagnostic value of ultrasonography in evaluation and management of acute abdominal conditions in the paediatric age group
Mohd Khalid, Navneet Redhu, Babar Nazir, Saifullah Khalid, RS Chana, Abhishek Jha
September-December 2012, 9(3):198-201
DOI:10.4103/0189-6725.104719  PMID:23250239
Background: The aims of this study have been elaborated below: (1) to enumerate the common causes of acute abdominal emergencies by ultrasonography in paediatric patients; (2) to establish the diagnostic efficacy of ultrasonography in evaluation of acute abdominal conditions in children and to illustrate the associated ultrasonographic findings; (3) and, to discuss the role of ultrasonography in guiding the mode of intervention in these cases. Patients and Methods: This prospective study of ultrasonographic examination in 146 paediatric patients presenting with acute onset abdominal pain at the emergency/paediatric outpatient department section of Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College & Hospital, Aligarh, between June 2006 and December 2007, using 3.75 MHz and 8 MHz transducers of the ADARA (Siemens) machine. Results : Common causes of acute abdominal emergencies in pediatric patients as noted on ultrasonography included nonspecific pain (28%), abdominal abscess (21%), acute appendicitis (7%) and intussusception (7%). Ultrasonography was diagnostic in 45.2% cases and supportive in 12.3% of the cases. As for as the final outcome, ultrasonography prevented surgery in almost 20% cases and laparotomy was avoided in 7% of the patients as ultrasound guided interventions in the form of abscess aspiration were carried out. Conclusion: Ultrasonography evaluation of children with acute abdominal pain, helps in making significant changes in the management plan of the patients, and also reveals various clinically unsuspected diseases.
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Congenital diaphragmatic hernia in neonate: A retrospective study about 28 observations
Rachid Khemakhem, Basma Haggui, Houda Rahay, Faouzi Nouira, Awatef Charieg, Sofiane Ghorbel, Mahdi Trifa, Said Jlidi, Sonia Ben Khalifa, Beji Chaouachi
September-December 2012, 9(3):217-222
DOI:10.4103/0189-6725.104723  PMID:23250243
Objective: Our purpose was to review our experience with congenital diaphragmatic hernia emphasizing diagnosis, management, and outcome. Study Design: We conducted a retrospective review of all cases of babies with congenital diaphragmatic hernia diagnosed and treated in our centre from 1998 to 2010. Results: There were 28 congenital diaphragmatic hernia cases, 13 girls and 15 boys with a mean weight birth of 3 kg. Three patients (10, 6% of cases) died within a few hours after admission. In the remaining cases, surgery was performed after a stabilization period of 2 days. The diaphragmatic defect was sitting in the posterolateral left in 23 cases and right in 2 cases. Its dimensions were on average 4,5 cm, tow cases of agenesis of the cupola were seen and required the placement of gortex prosthesis. The remaining cases are treated by direct closure of defect. Postoperative course was marked by an early death in context of respiratory distress in six cases and later with sepsis in tow cases. The outcome was favourable in 17 cases (60, 7%), despite the occurrence of sepsis in four cases and evisceration in two cases. Conclusions: Congenital diaphragmatic hernia remains a serious disease with high mortality and morbidity despite advances in prenatal diagnosis and neonatal resuscitation.
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Ovarian tumours in children : A review of 18 cases
Abdelouhab Ammor, Mounir Kisra, Rachid Oulahyane, Maria Kababri, Najat Maalmi, Aouatef Cherkaoui, Amine Bouhafs, Noureddine Kaddouri, Mbarek Abdelhak, Mohamed Khattab, Zaitounia Alhamany, Mohamed Najib Benhmamouch
September-December 2012, 9(3):231-236
DOI:10.4103/0189-6725.104726  PMID:23250246
Background : To review the experience of Children's Hospital of Rabat in managing ovarian tumours in children. Materials and Methods: There were 18 patients between 2 and 15 years of age who presented with an ovarian tumour at Children's Hospital of Rabat between January 2000 and December 2008. Data collected from the hospital medical records included age at diagnosis, patient's history, presenting complaints, radiological examination, tumour markers, management, operative procedure, histopathological examination and outcome of the patients. Results : The most common presenting complaint was abdominal pain in 10 (55%) patient. 77% of ovarian tumours were germ cell tumours; 71% of these were teratomas which were benign in 66% of cases. Unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy was the most common surgical procedure performed in 15 patients (83%) through laparotomy. Laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy was carried out in 2 (11%) patients with benign cystic teratoma. Of the 7 (39%) patients with malignant tumours, three received postoperative chemotherapy. Outcome was good in most cases. There were no cases of resistance to treatment, or death. Conclusion : Early diagnosis of ovarian tumours in children and adolescents is important. Since most of these tumours are benign, surgical treatment should be conservative to minimise the risk of subsequent infertility, while the treatment of malignant tumours should include complete staging, resection of the tumour, postoperative chemotherapy when indicated, to give the patient a chance for future childbearing.
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Parasitic twin within spina bifida
Yona Ringo, David Drake, Toritseju Sillo, Kokila Lakhoo
September-December 2012, 9(3):240-242
DOI:10.4103/0189-6725.104728  PMID:23250248
Spinal dysraphisms in association with accessory limbs are extremely rare congenital anomalies. The potential mechanisms of development and classification of these anomalies remain unclear. We report a unique case of a baby boy with an accessory foot and external genitalia in association with spina bifida.
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Duplication cyst of ascending colon presenting as an ileal volvulus in a child: A case report and review of literature
Adesoji O Ademuyiwa, Christopher O Bode, Opeoluwa A Adesanya, Olumide A Elebute
September-December 2012, 9(3):237-239
DOI:10.4103/0189-6725.104727  PMID:23250247
Alimentary tract duplications are uncommon congenital anomalies that may be found anywhere along the gastrointestinal tract. They have a diverse presentation and often times present with complications of intestinal obstruction and/or lower gastrointestinal haemorrhage. We report a very rare finding of a colonic duplication cyst which presented as an ileal volvulus in a young girl. While available investigations were non-specific, the child survived on account of an early decision to operate. She had resection of the duplication cyst and ileo-colic anastomosis. She made good recovery post-operatively. A high index of suspicion is necessary on the part of clinicians to recognise this condition. Early operative intervention is necessary in the developing world setting where state of the art investigations are not available for accurate pre-operative diagnosis.
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Transposed intrathoracic stomach: Functional evaluation
Vishesh Jain, Shilpa Sharma, Rakesh Kumar, SK Kabra, Vidyut Bhatia, Devendra K Gupta
September-December 2012, 9(3):210-216
DOI:10.4103/0189-6725.104722  PMID:23250242
Background: To study the functional aspects of the transposed stomach in the thoracic cavity and its effects on other organ systems. Patients and Methods: Children who had undergone gastric transposition more than 5 years ago were evaluated for symptoms, anthropometry, anaemia, duodenogastric reflux, pulmonary function, gastric emptying, gastric pH, gastroesophageal reflux and stricture, gastric motility, and gastritis and atrophy on histological examination of gastric mucosa. Results: Ten children were evaluated at a median follow-up of 90.5 months. On evaluation of symptoms, nine children were satisfied with the overall outcome. All patients had their weight and 7 patients had height less than 3 rd percentile for their respective age. Anaemia was present in 7/10 children. On evaluation with hepatobiliary scintigraphy, duodenogastric reflux was present in only 1 patient. Mass contractions of the transposed stomach were present in two thirds of the children. The mean gastric emptying t1/2 was 39.1 minutes. Pulmonary function tests were suggestive of restrictive lung disease in all the patients. Forced vital capacity (FVC) and forced expiratory volume in 1 sec (FEV1) were worse in children who underwent transposition or diversion following oesophageal anastomotic leak. Acid secretion was preserved in most patients with episodes of high gastric pH during sleep in nearly half. Mild gastritis was present in all patients where as mild atrophy of the gastric mucosa was observed in only 1child. Helicobacter pylori were positive in 3/ 8 children. Barium swallow demonstrated reflux in 2 children. Conclusions: Most children with transposed stomach remain asymptomatic on follow up. However, subclinical abnormalities are detected on investigations, which need close observation as they can manifest later in life.
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Recombinant-activated factor VII in the paediatric cardiac surgery: Single unit experience
Vijay Agarwal, Kelechi E Okonta, Praveen S Lal
September-December 2012, 9(3):193-197
DOI:10.4103/0189-6725.104718  PMID:23250238
Background: The control of excessive bleeding after paediatric cardiac surgery can be challenging. This may make the use of recombinant-activated factor VII (rFVIIa) in preventing this excessive bleeding, after adopted conventional methods have failed, desirable. Our aim is to highlight our experience with the use of rFVIIa in preventing excessive bleeding after paediatric cardiac surgery. Patients and Methods: The data for 14 patients who had rFVIIa for excessive haemorrhage after cardiac surgery from December 2009 to November 2010 was analysed. The perioperative blood loss from the chest drain before and after the administration of rFVIIa, use of blood products, international normalized ratio (INR) and activated partial thromboplastin (aPTT), before and after administration of rFVIIa, were analysed. Results: The rFVIIa was successful in stopping bleeding in all the patients. The mean coagulation factors before rFVIIa were as follows: INR, 2.88 (1.82-4.5); aPTT, 65 seconds (33.4-95.1); after rFVIIa, the mean INR was 1.2 (0.82-1.56), mean APTT was 38.7 seconds (25.6-54.9). No thromboembolic events or allergic reactions or deaths were recorded. Conclusions: rFVIIa use is not only effective in stopping excessive perioperative bleeding but also safe and indirectly reduces transfusion of blood and its products.
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Collaboration between paediatric surgery and other medical specialties in Nigeria
Philemon E Okoro, Emmanuel A Ameh
September-December 2012, 9(3):206-209
DOI:10.4103/0189-6725.104721  PMID:23250241
Background: The quality of service and success of patient care and research in most fields of medicine depend on effective collaboration between different specialties. Paediatric surgery is a relatively young specialty in Nigeria and such collaborations are desirable. This survey assesses the nature and extent of collaboration between paediatric surgery and other specialties in Nigeria. Materials and Methods: This is a questionnaire survey carried out in November 2008 among paediatric surgeons and their trainees practising in Nigeria. Questionnaires were distributed and retrieved either by hand or e-mailing. The responses were then collated and analysed using the SPSS 17.0. Results: Forty-seven respondents were included in the survey. Forty-five (95.7%) respondents thought that there was inadequate collaboration and that there was a need for an increased collaboration between paediatric surgery and other specialties. Anaesthesia, paediatrics and radiology are among the specialties where collaborations were most required but not adequately received. Collaboration had been required from these specialties in areas of patient care, training and research. Reasons for inadequate collaboration included the paucity of avenues for inter-specialty communication and exchange of ideas 33 (70.3%), lack of awareness of the need for collaboration 32 (68.1%), tendency to apportion blames for bad outcome 13 (27.7%), and mutual suspicion 8 (17%). Conclusion: There is presently inadequate collaboration between paediatric surgery and other specialties in Nigeria. There is a need for more inter-specialty support, communication, and exchange of ideas in order to achieve desirable outcomes.
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Embracing a collaborative care approach to paediatric surgery
Benedict C Nwomeh
September-December 2012, 9(3):185-186
DOI:10.4103/0189-6725.104716  PMID:23250236
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