APPLE PEEL SYNDROME & TREATMENT
Definition: What is "Apple Peel Syndrome"?
Apple peel syndrome, also known as Jejunal Atresia, is an extremely rare genetic disorder wherein patients are born without a small part of the fold from the stomach membrane connecting the small intestines to the abdomen. This condition occurs in 1 of 270 babies born alive. It is the most common intestinal obstruction found in one third of all babies.
Symptoms & Signs
When patients are born with a partial absence of this connector, one of the three parts of the small intestine called the ?jejuna? twists around the colon arteries, which causes blockage. As a result, vomiting, constipation & a swollen abdomen may occur.
Treatment: How to Treat "Apple Peel Syndrome"?
Babies with Apple Peel Syndrome require surgery after birth, depending on the extent of the disease & location of the atresia.
The exact cause of Apple peel syndrome is unknown. It has been associated with the abnormal development of the bowel during the first trimester of pregnancy. However, pregnant mothers' diet, lifestyle or other factors did not cause or can prevent this condition.
Diagnosis is made through routine prenatal ultrasound.