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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 124

Visible Intestinal Peristalsis in a Child

Department of Pediatrics, Kamala Raja Hospital, GRMC, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India

Date of Submission22-Mar-2022
Date of Decision03-May-2022
Date of Acceptance03-May-2022
Date of Web Publication30-May-2022

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Dr. Borra Ranganath
Department of Pediatrics, Kamala Raja Hospital, GRMC, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/ipcares.ipcares_82_22

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Ranganath B, Ambey R. Visible Intestinal Peristalsis in a Child. Indian Pediatr Case Rep 2022;2:124

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Ranganath B, Ambey R. Visible Intestinal Peristalsis in a Child. Indian Pediatr Case Rep [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Aug 11];2:124. Available from: http://www.ipcares.org/text.asp?2022/2/2/124/346265

A 4-year-old boy presented with recurrent episodes of vomiting for 4 weeks, each nonbilious and projectile in nature. He also had decreased intake of food but no diarrhea, abdominal pain, or distention. There was a significant history of pica. Examination revealed moderate acute malnutrition and pallor. Abdominal inspection revealed visible intestinal peristalsis in the right hypochondriac and epigastric region [Video 1][Additional file 1]. Ultrasonography showed a dirty shadow in the stomach. Barium follow-through showed inhomogeneous filling defects at 3, 6, and 9 h suggestive of a bezoar [Figure 1]. The family was advised surgery but left against medical advice.
Figure 1: Barium follow-through at 9 h showing inhomogeneous filling defects, indicative of bezoars

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Visible peristalsis are waves of movement across the abdomen that often originate from the left upper quadrant and move to the right lower quadrant direction. They are typically a sign of gastric outlet or intestinal obstruction.[1] Intestinal obstruction may not always present with typical manifestations. Visible intestinal peristalsis may be overlooked by the parents and clinician. In young infants, a common cause is hypertrophic pyloric stenosis. Beyond this, the usual underlying pathology are mechanical causes of obstruction resulting from hernia, diverticular disease, tumors, adhesions, strictures, intussusception, volvulus, or foreign body (swallowed material, bezoar, and parasite). Nonmechanical causes of obstruction such as paralytic ileus or Ogilvie's syndrome (acute colonic pseudo-obstruction) will not manifest with this sign, as gut motility is reduced, and there is no anatomical obstruction. Untreated bezoars may lead to gastric perforation.[2] They are common among children with pica.[3]

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