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Child-Pyloric stenosis - Diagnosed

Last Updated on Sep 24, 2014
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How can we Diagnose Pediatric Pyloric Stenosis?

Pediatric pyloric stenosis can be diagnosed on careful physical examination and diagnostic tests like ultrasonography.

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Diagnosis of pediatric pyloric stenosis is done based on:

Physical examination- The pyloric muscle thickening can be felt as a mass. Also, when the baby is examined during a feed, one can see the stomach pushing hard to empty.

Diagnostic tests -

  • Abdominal ultrasound- The thickness and length of the pyloric muscle can be determined with ultrasonography, thus diagnosing the condition.
  • Upper GI imaging with barium meal- This test examines the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. X-rays are taken after swallowing the barium meal. The test demonstrates narrowing at the pylorus and delayed emptying of the stomach contents.
  • Upper GI endoscopy- It is used in select cases when other imaging tests are inconclusive or when the infant presents with atypical clinical features.

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Groffy

There are many PS cases that don't fit these "rules": girl babies and later children also get the condition. There are other general characteristics of PS that also have many exceptions: it affects more Caucasians, children with blood groups A and O, children of mothers who were stressed during the last months of pregnancy.
If your baby is not keeping food down, vomits increasingly and powerfully, is losing weight and/or condition, is not passing motions and urine, suspect PS, get your baby tested, don't be put off by an unsuspecting and ill-informed doctor. On the internet there are many stories of children being treated only just before it's too late.

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