Pneumatosis Coli in Complex Neurodisability: An Increasingly Problematic Disease Spectrum and Proposed Management

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Abstract

This case series describes our experience in managing 4 children with complex neurodisability, feed intolerance, and pneumatosis coli. In all of the 4 patients, symptoms and feed tolerance were substantially improved by the formation of a laparoscopically assisted defunctioning ileostomy. We describe our present management strategy and believe this is a promising treatment for those patients who can reduce long-term dependence on parenteral nutrition, although we acknowledge that there is a long-term risk of disuse colitits in the defunctioned bowel.

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