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Retroperitoneal abscess and omphalitis in young infants

Feo, Claudio F. and Dessanti, Antonio and Franco, B. and Ganau, Antonello and Iannuccelli, Marco (2003) Retroperitoneal abscess and omphalitis in young infants. Acta Paediatrica, Vol. 92 (1), p. 122-125. ISSN 0803-5253. eISSN 1651-2227. Article.

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2003.tb00483.x

Abstract

Aim: To evaluate the aetiopathogenetic factors in cases of retroperitoneal abscess in young infants, particularly the correlation with omphalitis. Methods: We describe the cases of two infants, aged 8 and 3 wk, respectively, with a history of omphalitis during the first weeks of life and subsequent development of a retroperitoneal abscess. Both infants underwent surgical drainage of the abscess. Results: In case 1, Staphylococcus aureus was found in cultures from abscess pus, and in case 2 from umbilical pus, abscess purulent material and blood. Both infants are in good health after a follow-up of 6 mo and 8 y, respectively.
Conclusion: Retroperitoneal abscesses in young infants are usually considered to be idiopathic. A correlation with omphalitis was found in both of the reported cases and it is thought that this could have been due to an aetiopathogenetic factor. Furthermore, we stress the importance of suspicion of retroperitoneal abscesses for early diagnosis and treatment, and discuss the therapeutic strategies.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:9988
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Abdominal mass, ilio-psoas abscess, newborn, omphalitis, retroperitoneal abscess
Subjects:Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/11 Malattie dell'apparato cardiovascolare
Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/20 Chirurgia pediatrica e infantile
Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/18 Chirurgia generale
Publisher:Blackwell / Wiley
ISSN:0803-5253
eISSN:1651-2227
Additional Information:Article first published online: 2 JAN 2007.
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