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Acute small bowel obstruction in a child with a strict raw vegan diet
  1. Stefano Amoroso1,
  2. Maria-Grazia Scarpa2,
  3. Federico Poropat3,
  4. Rita Giorgi3,
  5. Flora Maria Murru4,
  6. Egidio Barbi1,3
  1. 1 University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy
  2. 2 Department of Surgery, Institute for Maternal and Child Health - IRCCS "Burlo Garofolo", Trieste, Italy
  3. 3 Department of Pediatrics, Institute for Maternal and Child Health - IRCCS "Burlo Garofolo", Trieste, Italy
  4. 4 Department of Radiology, Institute for Maternal and Child Health - IRCCS "Burlo Garofolo", Trieste, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Stefano Amoroso, University of Trieste, Trieste 34127, Italy; stefanoamoroso1234{at}gmail.com

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A 1-year-old toddler was admitted with a 12-hour history of repeated vomiting. He had not passed stools for the past 3 days, or flatus in the last 24 hours. Physical examination showed abdominal distention without pain or guarding. An abdominal X-ray showed multiple air fluid levels with a distended small bowel (figure 1). A video-assisted laparoscopy showed dilated small bowel loops.

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Multiple air fluid levels and distended small bowel loops with no …

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