Francesca Destro

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Omental torsion is an underdiagnosed cause of acute abdomen in children. Most cases occur in adults, with only 15% presenting in children. It is estimated that omental infarct is found in approximately 0.1 to 0.5% of children undergoing operations for appendicitis. It may present with various signs and symptoms, although the clinical presentation usually(More)
We report the case of a neonate affected by prenatally diagnosed congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), treated by thoracoscopy. During the procedure, we detected an associated extralobar pulmonary sequestration (EPS), which was preoperatively undiagnosed, and we removed it. EPS has been shown to be associated with CDH in up to 15 to 40% of cases. A(More)
Persistent urogenital sinus (UGS) is a developmental anomaly. It represents one of the most complex problems that a pediatric surgeon may deal with. We report the case of a patient with UGS treated at 3 years of age by anterior sagittal transrectal approach and en bloc sinus mobilization. The procedure was performed with the patient prone with the initial(More)
An anterior congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is a diaphragmatic defect that allows the passage of abdominal organs into the thorax. It is typically asymptomatic (the diagnosis is incidental) and it requires surgical correction. In this paper we present a 6 year-old girl affected by spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) who was diagnosed with anterior CDH. Four(More)
Intussusception is a very common surgical finding in children. Idiopathic intussusception is relatively frequent in children within the first year and it usually causes an acute abdomen. Instead, complex intussusception involving multiple or remote intestinal segments is a very rare entity and it is frequently diagnosed intraoperatively. It is often because(More)
Pulmonary lymphangiectasia (PL) is a rare condition characterized by dilatation of the lymphatic vessels. Post-neonatal PL is usually associated with pleural effusion and should therefore be suspected in the presence of chylothorax. We describe a post-neonatal manifestation of PL in a 7-year-old boy presenting chylothorax. Radiological examinations included(More)
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