Urokinase thrombolysis as a rescue treatment for midgut volv
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Midgut volvulus in infants may lead to extreme short bowel syndrome. Strategies to avoid post-ischemia bowel loss have been proposed, involving thrombolysis prior to a definitive surgical treatment. Haemorrhagic risks in these patients may withhold from this approach. Herein we describe the use of urokinase systemic infusion after an unsatisfactory second look laparotomy, performed in a term baby with midgut volvulus. Continuous infusion of urokinase was given for seventeen hours prior to a third laparotomy. A total of 25 cm of small bowel were finally kept in place. Twelve months after the 1st laparotomy the patient was on oral feeding 125 calories/Kg/day. This case showed the possible rescue role of a fibrinolytic agent against persistent ischemia after the second look laparotomy for neonatal volvulus....

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