CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · AJP Rep 2022; 12(01): e76-e79
DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1741538
Case Report

Bedside Ultrasonography in Evaluating Mediastinum Leakage in an Extremely-Low-Birth-Weight Infant with Esophageal Perforation

1   Department of Neonatology, Saitama Children's Medical Center, Saitama, Saitama, Japan
2   Department of Pediatrics, Saitama Medical Center, Saitama Medical University, Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan
,
Yumiko Sato
3   Department of Radiology, Saitama Children's Medical Center, Saitama, Saitama, Japan
,
Tomo Kakihara
4   Department of Pediatric Surgery, Saitama Children's Medical Center, Saitama, Saitama, Japan
5   Department of Pediatric Surgery, The University of Tokyo Hospital, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
,
Wakako Sumiya
1   Department of Neonatology, Saitama Children's Medical Center, Saitama, Saitama, Japan
,
Masayuki Kanno
1   Department of Neonatology, Saitama Children's Medical Center, Saitama, Saitama, Japan
,
4   Department of Pediatric Surgery, Saitama Children's Medical Center, Saitama, Saitama, Japan
,
Masaki Shimizu
1   Department of Neonatology, Saitama Children's Medical Center, Saitama, Saitama, Japan
,
Hiroshi Kawashima
4   Department of Pediatric Surgery, Saitama Children's Medical Center, Saitama, Saitama, Japan
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Abstract

Esophageal perforation in premature infants is a life-threatening condition that requires prompt treatment. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT) is recommended for diagnosis. However, it is difficult to obtain CECT images in premature infants because of their unstable conditions. We encountered a case of esophageal perforation in an extremely-low-birth-weight female infant. Bedside ultrasonography was useful in the diagnosis and follow-up evaluation of leakage in the mediastinum. Ultrasonography can be a useful modality for the evaluation of perforation of the lower part of the esophagus in premature infants.



Publication History

Received: 01 February 2021

Accepted: 13 April 2021

Article published online:
04 February 2022

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