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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2009, Article ID 607989, 3 pages
Case Report

Intussusception in a Premature Neonate: A Rare Often Misdiagnosed Cause of Intestinal Obstruction

1Department of Pediatric Surgery, “St. Sophia” Children's Hospital, 11527 Athens, Greece
2Department of Pediatrics, Neonatal Unit, “St. Sophia” Children's Hospital, 11527 Athens, Greece

Received 27 July 2009; Accepted 20 October 2009

Academic Editor: Frans J. Walther

Copyright © 2009 I. Loukas et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Intestinal obstruction in neonatal period is an emergency caused by many surgical causes. An extremely rare surgical cause in this group of age is intussusception which can be easily confused with other surgical entities. In several reports, a significant number of the infants who were included in the study population were believed to have necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). We present a rare cause of small intestine obstruction in a preterm female infant that can be easily misdiagnosed and confused preoperatively with other clinical entities particular for this period.