Omphalitis Leading to Retroperitoneal Abscess in a Neonate: A Case Report

Juan Pablo Orozco Hernández, Laura María Mesa-Tobón, Jaime Alberto Mesa-Franco, Luis Gabriel Vinasco- Sánchez

Abstract


Retroperitoneal abscess in neonates is extremely rare and can be fatal in case of late diagnosis. A 7-day-old newborn presented with irritability, fever, lethargy, periumbilical erythema, and a tender abdominal mass. The initial laboratory findings were a high c-reactive protein, and respiratory alkalosis. An emergent laparotomy was performed revealing a retroperitoneal abscess that required drainage. The only etiology identified in the patient was omphalitis.


Keywords


Retroperitoneal abscess; Newborn; Omphalitis; Intestinal obstruction; NEC

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