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Liver laceration and hemoperitoneum in a premature neonate: a rare case of perinatal trauma

1 month ago   |   By Journal of Pediatric and Neonatal Individualized Medicine

We present a case of a premature very low birth weight neonate who developed abdominal distension and acute anemia on his 2 nd day of life, in which a liver laceration was diagnosed. Neonatal hepatic injury is rare but frequently fatal. It usually happens due to perinatal trauma in complicated labor or delivery or when resuscitation maneuvers take place. It can result in a subcapsular hematoma of the liver but can also translate as a simple laceration. When the hepatic capsule ruptures, a hemoperitoneum usually develops. Umbilical vein catheterization, hepatic congestion and an increased...
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