PAED4407 Neonatal Surgery
- 6 points
- This unit covers theoretical knowledge essential in the management of neonates with surgical conditions. Special focus is on having a high index of diagnostic suspicion, early diagnosis and initial stabilisation prior to transfer to a tertiary surgical neonatal unit.
The unit includes (1) gastrointestinal—malrotation, volvulus; Hirschsprung's disease; hypertrophic pyloric stenosis, inguinal hernias, bilious vomiting, imperforate anus, gastroschisis, exampholos; (2) thoracic—oesophageal atresia/tracheo-oesophageal fistula; congenital diaphragmatic hernia; (3) urology—posterior urethral valves; dilatation of renal pelves detected on antenatal ultrasounds; (4) biliary—biliary atresia; conjugated hyperbilirubinemia, pale coloured stools; (5) ear, nose and throat—choanal atresia on other nasal obstructive conditions such as pyriform aperture stenosis; (6) plastic surgical conditions—cleft lip and palate; Pierre Robin sequence; soft tissue infiltration injuries, hemangioma, lymphangiomas; (7) cardiac—how to suspect heart disease, role of clinical examination and pulse oximetry; use of prostaglandin E1 in duct dependent lesions; (8) hips—developmental dysplasia of the hip, importance of clinical examination, usefulness of ultrasound, early referral to minimise morbidity; (9) eyes—cataract, retinoblastoma, importance of examination of eyes for red reflex; (10) orthopaedic—talipes, Hemivertebra, congenital scoliosis, developmental dysplasia of hips; and (11) neurology—hydrocephalus, subgaleal haemorrhage and spina bifida (especially occulta).
- Students are able to (1) have a good knowledge of the commonly encountered neonatal surgical conditions; (2) have a sound knowledge in early diagnosis and initial stabilisation; (3) have some understanding of operative procedures and pre and post-operative management; and (4) identify danger signs of neonatal surgical conditions and make early referral.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a two-hour end-of-semester examination; (2) three topic presentations over the course of semester; and (3) three case presentations over the course of semester. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
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- Clinical Associate Professor Shripada Rao
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