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In utero ileal volvulus and intestinal perforation associated with enteric duplication cyst presenting with preterm labour and acute abdomen in newborn
  1. Sonam G Kapadia1,
  2. Matthew Crabtree2,
  3. Samuel French2 and
  4. Daniel A DeUgarte1
  1. 1 Surgery, Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California, USA
  2. 2 Pathology, Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Daniel A DeUgarte; ddeugarte{at}


Enteric duplication cysts are a rare cause of intestinal obstruction in the neonatal period. We present the unusual case of an in utero ileal volvulus secondary to an enteric duplication cyst causing an acute abdomen in a 35-week estimated gestational age newborn female delivered to a mother in preterm labour.

  • paediatric surgery
  • neonatal and paediatric intensive care

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  • Contributors SGK wrote the manuscript and participated in surgery and patient follow-up. MC obtained and formatted gross specimens and histopathology images including captions; read and approved final version of manuscript. DAD operated on the patient, supervised the work, revised and reviewed the manuscript. SF supervised the overall histopathology work; read and approved final version of manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Parental/guardian consent obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.