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Patent Vitelline duct  ( Intestinal contents discharging through umbilicus)
Paediatric Surgery

Patent Vitelline duct ( Intestinal contents discharging through umbilicus)

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6 day old male presented presented with what the mother described as discharge of faeces from the umbilicus after the cord fell off. Mother quickly rushed to KATH MBU.
Examination :
WT 3.4kg , PCV 52%
Clinically stable, not pale, anicteric, well hydrated.
RBS 6mmol/L    Temp, 37 deg ,
No other congenital abnormality found
Systemic review was normal
Status Localis : bile stained fluid consistent with  intestinal contents
Diagnosis : Patent vitelline duct
Surgery : Laparotomy and wedge resection of duct
Intraoperative details :
1. Curved incision made periumbilically and deepend to fascia.
2. Wedge resection of vitelline duct made into the antesenteric border of ileum .
3. Primary closure of ileum done
4. Abdomen closed in layers
Post operative state : satisfactory
Credits : Dr Michael Amoah ( paediatric surgeon), DR Romeo Hussey ( General surgery resident)
 

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