T-tubes in the management of meconium ileus

Z. Steiner, J. Mogilner*, L. Siplovich, S. Eldar

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Fifteen cases of meconium ileus (MI) were treated between 1986 and 1995; 7 responded to conservative treatment. Eight were operated upon, and comprise the study group. Six of the operated babies had no complications; 1 had meconium peritonitis with a pseudocyst and small-bowel atresia, and 1 had a volvulus of a small-bowel segment with necrosis. In all 8 cases a T-tube (TT) was left via an enterotomy; in the complicated cases the enterotomy was pre-anastomotic. The obstruction was relieved in all the babies, without any stoma or bowel resection in the uncomplicated cases. Two complications occurred: 1 patient died of respiratory failure 1 month following surgery and another required a relaparotomy for lysis of adhesions. We conclude that TT ileostomy is an effective and safe procedure for uncomplicated cases of MI that do not respond to conservative therapy, as well as for complicated cases that need an anastomosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-141
Number of pages2
JournalPediatric Surgery International
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Feb 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Meconium ileus
  • T-tube


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