Introduction We present a single-center experience with very low birth weight (VLBW) infants with focal intestinal perforation (FIP), comparing the results of primary anastomosis (PA) and stoma opening (SO). Materials and Methods Clinical records of VLBW infants with FIP who underwent surgery between 2006 and 2015 were reviewed. Patients were divided into two groups according to the procedure performed: limited bowel resection and PA or SO. Patients with gastric perforation or patients who underwent clip and drop were excluded. Information regarding birth weight (BW), gestational age (GA), weight at surgery (WS), number of abdominal reoperations, duration of parenteral nutrition (PN), and demise was recorded. Results In this study, 40 patients were included: 22 in PA group and 18 in SO group. BW was 865 g in PA and 778 in SO ( p -value: 0.2). GA was 26.1 weeks in PA and 25.6 in SO ( p -value: 0.3). WS was 1,014 g in PA and 842 in SO ( p -value: 0.09). Duration of surgery was 115 minutes in PA and 122 in SO ( p -value: 0.67). Five patients (23%) belonging to PA group developed complications and required SO. Five patients (23%) demised in PA group and six (33%) in SO ( p -value: 0.2). Seventeen abdominal reoperations were performed in PA group and 22 in SO group ( p -value: 0.08). Conclusion Both procedures appear to be safe. When possible, PA should be performed as it reduces the number of abdominal reinterventions.
- focal intestinal perforation
- primary anastomosis
- spontaneous intestinal perforation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health