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Meconium Ileus

For a more in depth discussion of meconium ileus please refer to Chapter 1.

Fig. 5.8. a A neonate with a distended, practically gasless abdomen characteristic for meconium peritonitis. The streaky and flocculent calcifications in the peritoneal cavity are specific. b A neonate with meconium peritonitis and a rounded cystic calcification located intraperitoneally. Distended abdomen with reduced intestinal air

Fig. 5.8. a A neonate with a distended, practically gasless abdomen characteristic for meconium peritonitis. The streaky and flocculent calcifications in the peritoneal cavity are specific. b A neonate with meconium peritonitis and a rounded cystic calcification located intraperitoneally. Distended abdomen with reduced intestinal air

Fig. 5.9. Ileal duplication cyst in an infant with meconium peritonitis. Note the additional punctate calcifications and echogenic meconium intraperitoneally (arrows)

malrotated microcolon and absent or ineffective peristaltic activity of the bowel. The disease is more common in females. Clinical symptoms are vomiting, failure to pass meconium, absent spontaneous micturition and a distended abdomen.

On abdominal plain film a highly distended abdomen caused by a distended urinary bladder may be identified.

A contrast examination of the upper GI tract may show dilated small bowel without peristaltic activity while on a colon enema a microcolon will be noticed (Fig. 5.10). US demonstrates a large urinary bladder with dilated ureters and pyelocaliceal systems.

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