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Aetiology of neonatal obstruction

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Causes of neonatal gastrointestinal obstruction include:

  • atresia of any part of the gastrointestinal tract
  • blockage, for example with meconium
  • failure of normal peristalsis, for example in Hirschsprung's disease
  • strictures, for example secondary to necrotising enterocolitis - although this is likely to be later
  • intussusception may occasionally occur in the neonate

Later in the neonatal period other conditions should be considered, including pyloric stenosis.

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