Neonatology pp 1331-1337 | Cite as

Rare Surgical Emergencies of Newborns

  • Mario MessinaEmail author
  • Francesco Molinaro
  • Rossella Angotti
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Over the past decade, multiple factors have changed the pattern of neonatal surgical emergencies. An increase in prenatal screenings and the development of neonatal tertiary care centers have changed the clinical approach to this kind of emergencies. In fact, most conditions, leading to gastrointestinal (GI) emergencies, are uncommon, and treatment in specialist centers enables concentration of appropriate resources and expertise. Comorbidity is common, particularly in the preterm or low-birth-weight infant.

In the literature, nobody specifies the cutoff that enables to define when rare emergencies could be considered as common or uncommon.

We propose our series, compared with others in the literature, in order to specify which emergencies, although rare, could be considered common or uncommon in neonates.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Messina
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Francesco Molinaro
    • 1
    • 2
  • Rossella Angotti
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine, Section of Pediatric Surgery, Policlinico “Le Scotte”University of SienaSienaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Medical, Surgical and Neurological Sciences, Section of Pediatric SurgeryUniversity of SienaSienaItaly
  3. 3.Department of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine, Section of Pediatric SurgeryUniversity of SienaSienaItaly

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