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Congenital colonic stenosis with absent caecum and appendix: a rare association


Congenital colonic stenosis is a rare condition with less than 20 cases reported in the literature since 1966. We report an interesting case of a 7-month-old baby girl who presented with features suggestive of acute intestinal obstruction. On exploration, it was a case of ascending colon stenosis with absence of caecum and appendix. A double barrel ileocolostomy was performed. The histopathology confirmed the diagnosis of colonic stenosis and ruled out the presence of Hirschsprung’s disease in the distal colon. The child underwent second stage surgery (stoma closure) after 9 months. In complex cases of congenital colonic stenosis, an early decompressive surgery followed by a delayed second stage closure is recommended in patients with poor general condition.

  • congenital disorders
  • gastrointestinal surgery
  • paediatric surgery

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