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Pol J Pathol. 2010;61(2):94-6.

Segmental congenital defect of the intestinal musculature.

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Department of Clinical Pathomorphology, Research Institute Polish Mother's Memorial Hospital, ul. Rzgowska 281/289, 93-338 Łódź.


Congenital defect of the small intestine muscular layer is rare cause of spontaneous bowel perforation or obstruction in premature infants. Etiology is still unknown. The authors report one case of segmental absence of small bowel muscular layer in preterm born infant. Some ideas concerning the pathogenesis of this entity and review of the literature is presented.

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