Spontaneous sealing of a neonatal intestinal perforation by the omentum

Diana L. Diesen, Micheal A. Skinner

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Several recent reports have suggested that, in select premature neonates, intestinal perforation may be managed by peritoneal drainage alone. Much like a surgical Graham patch, the omentum may seal an intestinal perforation allowing healing while maintaining bowel continuity. This photograph, illustrating a classic case of spontaneous sealing of such a perforation, demonstrates why surgery may be avoided in some cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2308-2310
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2008


  • Intestinal perforation
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Peritoneal drainage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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