The journal accepts articles in Spanish or in English on the field of hospital medicine. The journal publishes original articles, clinical cases, reviews articles, history notes, issues on medical education, short communications and editorials at the invitation of the Society. All articles are double blind peer reviewed by at least 2 reviewers and finally classified as accepted or rejected by the Editorial Board. We report the case of a preterm infant of 35 weeks gestation, who presents vomiting towards the end of the first week of life. Suspected diagnosis of hypertrophic pyloric stenosis by exclusion. The ultrasound confirms the diagnosis.
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The journal accepts articles in Spanish or in English on the field of hospital medicine. The journal publishes original articles, clinical cases, reviews articles, history notes, issues on medical education, short communications and editorials at the invitation of the Society.
All articles are double blind peer reviewed by at least 2 reviewers and finally classified as accepted or rejected by the Editorial Board. We report the case of a preterm infant of 35 weeks gestation, who presents vomiting towards the end of the first week of life. Suspected diagnosis of hypertrophic pyloric stenosis by exclusion.
The ultrasound confirms the diagnosis. Pyloromyotomy is performed with excellent evolution. We describe this case due to time of onset of the disease associated to a preterm infant.. Hypertrophic pyloric stenosis HPS is a disease which occurs in the second week of life, of unknown origin, which consists of the narrowing of the pylorus due to concentric muscular hypertrophy, causing gastric outlet obstruction with progressive vomiting that leads to malnutrition, dehydration and serious metabolic disorders.
Prompt diagnosis prevents complications, reduces the morbidity rate and enables surgical treatment with an excellent prognosis. The origin is unknown, but the most accepted hypotheses suggest the use of concentrated baby formulas, lack or reduction of pyloric muscle innervation, elevation of gastrin and gastric somatostatin and even allergy. Repeated vomiting favours oedema of the pyloric mucous membrane, which exacerbates the symptoms, leading to loss of fluids, hydrogen ions and chlorine, all of which leads to hypochloraemic alkalosis.
The lack of actual ingestion leads to malnutrition and greater sensitivity to metabolic, haemodynamic and infectious complications.
Some patients present jaundice derived from elevated indirect bilirubin, from a not completely understood mechanism that reduces glucuronyl transferase and increases enterohepatic bilirubin circulation; this is corrected when the patient undergoes surgery. The symptoms do not usually appear before the second or third week of life, and earlier onset is exceptional.
A male newborn NB , from the second pregnancy of a year-old mother. She denies drug addiction. Three normal obstetric ultrasounds.
Discharge of clear transvaginal fluid for 30 h. Management starts with fasting, oxygen therapy, ampicillin and amikacin for seven days due to premature membrane rupture. Insidious respiratory and infectious evolution. Sudden onset of postprandial non-biliary vomiting and increase of indirect bilirubin. Given the possibility of nosocomial infection, he is started on cefepime plus dicloxacillin.
X-ray of chest and abdomen shows gastromegaly Fig. Oral ingestion is resumed, with enteral stimulation, but vomiting persists so he continues to fast, a central line is installed and parenteral nutrition is started. Gastric hyperperistalsis and palpation of pyloric mass.
Blood gas shows normochloraemic metabolic alkalosis. Ultrasound shows pylorus X-ray of abdomen and chest. Note the presence of gastromegaly. Pyloric ultrasound. Note increased length and thickness of muscle wall. Surgical finding: 2 cm pylorus with pearly appearance. Oral intake resumed 24 h after surgery, well tolerated and accepting milk increments.
Antibiotics suspended as there is no evidence of infection. Discharged home with follow-up as outpatient. Hypertrophic pyloric stenosis is a very rare condition in preterm infants. The literature describes an incidence rate of 1 to 2. Despite the radical change of this condition's presentation in the last 10 years, 23 the rarity of its presentation in preterm infants is still emphasised. In full-term newborns it appears from the second to the seventh week after birth, and its incidence rate is much higher than in pre-terms.
The literature describes factors associated to preterm newborns with HPS: mothers with multiple pregnancies, exposure to macrolides and male gender 10 ; however, the greater the prematurity, from 28 to 31 wog, a ratio of F—M is reported. Predominance of the male gender has a genetic component, as the greater risk of gastrointestinal malformations in that gender is well documented, as is the risk of rotavirus infections in childhood.
This suggests considerable differences in the development, maturity and function of the gastrointestinal tract between men and women. Mutations in chromosomes 2q, 3p, 5q, 7p, 11q, 16p and even in chromosome x play an important role in the development of HPS. Other risk factors associated to HPS are: caesarian birth and mothers smoking during pregnancy. Vaginal birth has also been described as beneficial, as it prevents hormonal cascades and stress factors in newborns. Our patient was born vaginally and therefore not affected by such a risk factor.
The association with smoking has also been attributed to tobacco substances that cause pyloric spasm and muscular hypertrophy. Mothers under 20 years of age, diabetic and with a low education level have also been associated to a greater risk of HPS, as are women exposed to pesticides, as they act as endocrine disruptors. On the other hand, prostaglandin infusion at standard doses has also been reported as a cause of the condition, due to direct pharmacological effects on the pyloric muscle.
The clinical presentation often consists of vomiting that could initially be mistaken for reflux, yet episodes often lead to metabolic alkalosis due to loss of hydrogen ions and chlorine.
This is consistent with our patient's symptoms. This presentation in pre-term newborns is often diagnosed and treated as gastroesophageal reflux, as premature babies have multiple risk factors such as the use of methyl-xanthines and immaturity of the upper oesophageal sphincter.
This makes it difficult to consider HPS as the primary origin of vomiting. Our patient was initially treated with anti-reflux measures, using widely recommended drugs at standard doses.
The patient was examined, palpating a pyloric mass, a pathognomic sign of the condition. Pathognomic findings in abdominal ultrasound. Other diagnostic tests mentioned in the literature are a gastroduodenal oesophageal series and endoscopy, which can also have therapeutic purposes.
Laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, surgery is increasingly recommended in the literature, but requires appropriate medical instruments and equipment to tackle the physiology of pre-term infants and their reduced surgical fields, 30—33 with small incisions through the umbilical scar and excellent results, starting food intake the following day.
However, our hospital does not yet have the equipment required for this procedure in pre-term infants. Even so, the results were excellent in our patient, operated on with a conventional technique, enabling him to feed after 24 h, with no complications and outpatient follow-up.
The objective of presenting this case report is to consider HPS as a possible diagnosis in pre-term NB patients with food intolerance symptoms, 10—13,25,29 even when gestational age and days of onset are not commonly reported in the literature, as presentation has radically changed in the last 10 years and even male predominance is not common in such patients.
This could prevent said diagnosis, delaying treatment, increasing the duration of hospitalisation and inherent complications. It is therefore important to broaden our diagnostic approach and consider this condition in our patients, as the tendency towards preterm birth in intensive or intermediate care units, mothers aged 20 years or less, with low educational levels, smoking, and the use of macrolides and prostaglandins for commonly associated conditions are increasingly common in our hospital population.
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Eduardo Liceaga, Dr. This item has received. Under a Creative Commons license. Received 16 October Accepted 01 February Table 1. Pathognomic findings in abdominal ultrasound.. We describe this case due to time of onset of the disease associated to a preterm infant.
Palabras clave:. Introduction Hypertrophic pyloric stenosis HPS is a disease which occurs in the second week of life, of unknown origin, which consists of the narrowing of the pylorus due to concentric muscular hypertrophy, causing gastric outlet obstruction with progressive vomiting that leads to malnutrition, dehydration and serious metabolic disorders. Figure 1. Figure 2. Infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis: genes and environment. Arch Dis Child, 93 , pp. Pediatric surgery, pp. Taneli, H.
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[Analysis of Hypertrophic Pyloric Stenosis: Size Does Matter]
While symptoms may start as early as 3 weeks, it typically clinically manifests between 6 to 12 weeks of age. Clinical presentation is typical with non-bilious projectile vomiting. A succussion splash may be audible, and although common, is only relevant if heard hours after the last meal 6. Due to the loss of hydrochloric acid in the gastric contents from persistent vomiting, patients are at risk of electrolyte imbalance, specifically the characteristic hypochloremic metabolic alkalosis. Pyloric stenosis is the result of both hyperplasia and hypertrophy of the pyloric circular muscle fibers. The pathogenesis of this is not understood. There are four main theories 9 :.
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Objectives: To analyze the correlation between pyloric size and evolution of patients surgically treated for infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis IHPS. Also, It was not observed correlation between pyloric thickness and length and GERD. However, it has not been observed regarding the pyloric muscle thickness. Keywords: Hypertrophic pyloric stenosis; Postoperative emesis; Ultrasounds.
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