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Gastrointestinal Problems in the Newborn Nursery

  • Gregory C. Martin
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Abstract

Gastrointestinal problems are one of the most common problems in newborn medicine and in the newborn nursery and are the source of numerous phone calls to clinicians daily. These problems can represent an acute emergency or by contrast a nonissue. However, with the first call received, it may be very difficult to discern if this is the nonissue or this is a major emergency. The goal is to quickly and clearly identify if the issue is one that may require surgery or one that can be managed with simple testing and observation. This chapter will present typical examples of gastrointestinal concerns, the starting points of workups, and ways to differentiate a severe problem from a nonissue.

Keywords

Atresia Obstruction Abdominal distension Emesis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Banner University Medical Center PhoenixPhoenixUSA
  2. 2.Department of Child HealthUniversity of Arizona College of Medicine PhoenixPhoenixUSA

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