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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 150-152

Laparoscopic duodenoduodenostomy in neonates: Report of two cases and review of the literature

Department of Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Urology and MAS, Rainbow Children's Hospitals, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Date of Web Publication18-Jun-2015

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Dr. VVS Chandrasekharam
Rainbow Children's Hospitals, Hyderabad, Telangana
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-9261.154666

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Congenital duodenal obstruction is traditionally managed by laparotomy. Laparoscopic duodenoduodenostomy (LDD) in neonates is considered a technically demanding operation requiring advanced pediatric laparoscopic skills. To the best of our knowledge, there are no reports of LDD from the Indian subcontinent. Here, we report two cases of successful LDD in neonates and review the relevant literature.

Keywords: Duodenoduodenostomy, duodenal atresia, laparoscopy, neonate

How to cite this article:
Chandrasekharam V. Laparoscopic duodenoduodenostomy in neonates: Report of two cases and review of the literature. J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg 2015;20:150-2

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Chandrasekharam V. Laparoscopic duodenoduodenostomy in neonates: Report of two cases and review of the literature. J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg [serial online] 2015 [cited 2022 Nov 30];20:150-2. Available from: https://www.jiaps.com/text.asp?2015/20/3/150/154666

   Introduction Top

Duodenal atresia and stenosis are intrinsic duodenal obstructions occurring in 1 in 6000 live births and are often associated with other anomalies, including trisomy 21 and cardiac malformations. [1]

The management of the patient with duodenal atresia has steadily evolved since the first report of surgical correction of intrinsic duodenal obstruction by Ladd in 1931. [2] At that time, reported mortality was 40%. Over the last few decades, advancements in neonatal intensive care, parenteral nutrition, and management of associated anomalies, and improvements in operative technique and postoperative care have improved the outlook for patients born with this condition. Mortality has been reduced to 5-10% and is now related mostly to associate anomalies, primarily cardiac. [1],[3]

Various techniques have been described for the repair of duodenal atresia, but the diamond-shaped duodenoduodenostomy described by Kimura in 1990 [4] has become the standard. The introduction of advanced laparoscopic techniques in the neonate has more recently led to a new surgical approach, the laparoscopic duodenoduodenostomy (LDD). [5],[6],[7],[8],[9]

Laparoscopic duodenoduodenostomy is considered a technically demanding operation, with a high conversion rate to open surgery. We report our experience with two LDDs in neonates. To our knowledge, this is the first report neonatal LDD from the subcontinent.

   Case reports Top

Case 1

A 2-week-old, 2 kg baby boy with trisomy 21 was referred with complaints of bilious vomiting since birth. Contrast swallow done prior to referral had shown a grossly dilated proximal duodenum with a little contrast entering the distal bowel suggestive of a type I duodenal atresia [Figure 1]. After initial stabilization, the baby was taken up for laparoscopic repair. Three ports were used, a 5 mm umbilical telescopic port and two 3 mm ports in the left upper and right lower quadrants [Figure 2]. Pneumoperitoneum was maintained between 6 and 8 mm Hg. The proximal dilated the duodenum was hitched to the abdominal wall with two stay sutures, and the distal collapsed duodenum was exposed by reflecting the hepatic flexure of the colon. The dilated duodenum was opened transversely just proximal to the atresia. The distal duodenum was opened vertically. Duodenoduodenostomy (diamond) was performed using single layer of interrupted 5/0 vicryl sutures with intracorporeal knot tying, the posterior wall being sutured first. A glove drain was placed through the right lower quadrant port site. The operation took about 90 min, and the child recovered well. He received parenteral nutrition and nasogastric tube drainage for 1-week, by which time the bile aspirates had stopped. He underwent a dye study, which showed free flow across the anastomosis. He was started on oral feeds which he tolerated well and was discharged home 5 days later. At 1-year follow-up, he is feeding well and thriving well. The cosmetic result has been excellent.
Figure 1: Preoperative upper gastrointestinal study in patient 1 demonstrating duodenal obstruction

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Figure 2: Schematic diagram showing port sites

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Case 2

A 2.6 kg, full-term newborn baby arrived in the NICU with an antenatal diagnosis of duodenal obstruction, after a cesarean delivery. There were no polyhydramnios and no evidence of any other congenital anomalies. He had bilious aspirates in the nasogastric tube. After initial stabilization, the diagnosis of duodenal obstruction was confirmed by a plain radiograph taken after injecting 30 ml of air into the stomach; the classic "double bubble" sign (dilated stomach and duodenum) was seen with no air distally. On day 2 of life, he underwent laparoscopic repair of duodenal obstruction. At laparoscopy, apart from annular pancreas, he also had malrotation of the bowel. This was corrected by Ladd's procedure, after which a duodenoduodenostomy was performed, as described previously. The entire operation was completed laparoscopically in about 130 min. Postoperatively, the baby recovered well, and oral feeds were started 7 days after surgery. The child was discharged 2 weeks after surgery and is thriving well at a follow-up of 6 months.

   Discussion Top

The initial reports of LDD came in 2001-2002. [5],[6] Since then, laparoscopic repair of congenital duodenal obstruction has become popular. Several case series of LDD have demonstrated that the procedure is safe and efficacious. Kay et al. [7] reported a series of 17 LDD procedures with no short-term complications and excellent results. Apart from the excellent cosmetic benefit of laparoscopy, Spilde et al. [8] compared laparoscopic and open procedures and demonstrated that time to initiation of feeding was shorter in cases completed laparoscopically (5-8 days for laparoscopic vs. 8-11 days for open groups), as has time to discharge (12-21 days for laparoscopic vs. 20-24 days for open groups).

Laparoscopic duodenoduodenostomy has historically been regarded as technically challenging, especially in neonates, due to the small space available for suturing. Burgmeier and Schier [9] reported that more than a quarter of their cases were converted to open. In a recent multicenter experience, [10] there was a 35% conversion rate from laparoscopic to open the procedure. However, the authors concluded that laparoscopic technique could be safely applied across multiple centers with similar outcomes to traditional open repair and the cosmetic benefits associated with laparoscopy.

In terms of the technical difficulty of LDD in neonates, the Netherlands experience [11] may be particularly noteworthy. After their early enthusiasm, [1] the authors realized that they had unacceptably high leak rates after LDD. [11] Hence, they abandoned the laparoscopic procedure for many years. They restarted laparoscopic operation after they gained adequate experience in advanced laparoscopy and suturing. They also made some technical modifications to the procedure, whereby they reported excellent success with few complications. The authors concluded that laparoscopic repair of duodenal atresia should, therefore, be restricted to pediatric centers with extensive experience in laparoscopic surgery and intracorporeal suturing. [11] To overcome the technical difficulty of LDD, novel techniques like U clips [12] and robotic surgery [13] have been tried. Robotic surgery in neonates has not become popular due to cost concerns and the current use of adult instruments.

In our experience with two cases of neonatal LDD, we found that the operation could be safely and successfully be done by conventional laparoscopy. One of our cases was complicated with the additional presence of malrotation, but we could safely combine laparoscopic Ladd's procedure with LDD in this neonate and the baby had an excellent result. The association of duodenal atresia with malrotation is well documented in the literature. [7] In type 1 atresias (duodenal web), either duodenotomy with excision of the web or duodenoduodenostomy may be done. Like other authors, [7] we prefer to do a duodenoduodenostomy (as in our case 1) because of the theoretical risk of injuring the ampulla during web excision.

There is a concern that while doing laparoscopy for duodenal atresia, other distal atresias may be missed. However, in a large series of 408 patients operated for duodenal atresia, [14] the incidence of concomitant distal atresia was found to be <1%.

   References Top

Grosfeld JL, Rescorla FJ. Duodenal atresia and stenosis: Reassessment of treatment and outcome based on antenatal diagnosis, pathologic variance, and long-term follow-up. World J Surg 1993;17:301-9.  Back to cited text no. 1
Ladd WE. Congenital obstruction of the duodenum in children. N Engl J Med 1931;206:277-83.  Back to cited text no. 2
Murshed R, Nicholls G, Spitz L. Intrinsic duodenal obstruction: Trends in management and outcome over 45 years (1951-1995) with relevance to prenatal counselling. Br J Obstet Gynaecol 1999;106:1197-9.  Back to cited text no. 3
Kimura K, Mukohara N, Nishijima E, Muraji T, Tsugawa C, Matsumoto Y. Diamond-shaped anastomosis for duodenal atresia: An experience with 44 patients over 15 years. J Pediatr Surg 1990;25:977-9.  Back to cited text no. 4
Bax NM, Ure BM, van der Zee DC, van Tuijl I. Laparoscopic duodenoduodenostomy for duodenal atresia. Surg Endosc 2001;15:217.  Back to cited text no. 5
Rothenberg SS. Laparoscopic duodenoduodenostomy for duodenal obstruction in infants and children. J Pediatr Surg 2002;37:1088-9.  Back to cited text no. 6
Kay S, Yoder S, Rothenberg S. Laparoscopic duodenoduodenostomy in the neonate. J Pediatr Surg 2009;44:906-8.  Back to cited text no. 7
Spilde TL, St Peter SD, Keckler SJ, Holcomb GW 3 rd , Snyder CL, Ostlie DJ. Open vs laparoscopic repair of congenital duodenal obstructions: A concurrent series. J Pediatr Surg 2008;43:1002-5.  Back to cited text no. 8
Burgmeier C, Schier F. The role of laparoscopy in the treatment of duodenal obstruction in term and preterm infants. Pediatr Surg Int 2012;28:997-1000.  Back to cited text no. 9
Jensen AR, Short SS, Anselmo DM, Torres MB, Frykman PK, Shin CE, et al. Laparoscopic versus open treatment of congenital duodenal obstruction: multicenter short-term outcomes analysis. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A 2013;23:876-80.  Back to cited text no. 10
van der Zee DC. Laparoscopic repair of duodenal atresia: Revisited. World J Surg 2011;35:1781-4.  Back to cited text no. 11
Valusek PA, Spilde TL, Tsao K, St Peter SD, Holcomb GW 3 rd , Ostlie DJ. Laparoscopic duodenal atresia repair using surgical U-clips: A novel technique. Surg Endosc 2007;21:1023-4.  Back to cited text no. 12
Meehan JJ. Robotic repair of congenital duodenal atresia: A case report. J Pediatr Surg 2007;42:E31-3.  Back to cited text no. 13
St Peter SD, Little DC, Barsness KA, Copeland DR, Calkins CM, Yoder S, et al. Should we be concerned about jejunoileal atresia during repair of duodenal atresia? J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A 2010;20:773-5.  Back to cited text no. 14


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