Pyloric Stenosis: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:40 by admin
Pyloric stenosis (also known as infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis or IHPS) is a gastrointestinal condition which affects one in five hundred infants. Onset of pyloric stenosis often occurs in the first or second month of life.

The condition occurs when the pylorus, a tube leading from the stomach to the small intestine, becomes enlarged and subsequntly blocks the outlet of the stomach. The obstruction typically leads to projectile vomiting, weight loss, and dehydration. Pyloric stenosis is the primary cause of infant surgery.

A recent report suggests that the popular antibiotic erythromycin may cause pyloric stenosis.

See Also

  1. Children's Health Matters: Overview
  2. Erythromycin: Overview
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