|Year : 2015 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 34-36
Duodeno-jejunal Atresia with Apple-peel Appearance of the Remaining Ileum: A Rare Association
Abhishek Chinya, Simmi K Ratan, Satish Kumar Aggarwal
Department of Paediatric Surgery, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India
|Date of Web Publication||27-Jan-2015|
Dr. Abhishek Chinya
Department of Paediatric Surgery, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi - 110 002
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Intestinal atresia is a common cause of neonatal intestinal obstruction. We present a rare case of duodenal atresia, multiple jejunal atresias, and apple peel appearance of the remaining ileum in a 3-day-old neonate. Multiple jejunal atresias were resected, and a duodenojejunostomy was performed. Although duodenal atresia is believed to result from failure of vacuolation process, this very rare association of duodenojejunal atresia with apple peel appearance of the ileum suggests that some vascular injury occurring during late gestation might also lead to duodenal atresia.
Keywords: Duodenal atresia, jejunal atresia, apple-peel appearance
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Chinya A, Ratan SK, Aggarwal SK. Duodeno-jejunal Atresia with Apple-peel Appearance of the Remaining Ileum: A Rare Association. MAMC J Med Sci 2015;1:34-6
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Chinya A, Ratan SK, Aggarwal SK. Duodeno-jejunal Atresia with Apple-peel Appearance of the Remaining Ileum: A Rare Association. MAMC J Med Sci [serial online] 2015 [cited 2019 Feb 22];1:34-6. Available from: http://www.mamcjms.in/text.asp?2015/1/1/34/150061
| Introduction|| |
Congenital duodenal atresia and stenosis is a frequent cause of intestinal obstruction occurring in 1/5,000-10,000 live births and affecting boys more commonly than girls.  In more than ½ of the cases, other associated congenital anomalies are seen with trisomy 21 in approximately 30% cases.  On the other hand, jejunoileal atresia occurs in approximately 1 in 5,000 live births with equal incidence in males and females. Prematurity is associated in about 33% of the cases.  The combination of the two is rare.
| Case Report|| |
A 3-day-old female child, first in birth order, delivered at term by lower segment caesarean section presented with bilious vomiting since birth. On examination, the child was warm and active. The upper abdomen was distended, and nasogastric tube showed bilious aspirates. X-ray abdomen revealed "double bubble appearance." Exploratory laparotomy revealed post ampullary atresia of the duodenum with dilated proximal duodenum and stomach [Figure 1]. Furthermore, there were multiple jejunal atresias and apple peel appearance of the remaining ileum [Figure 2]. About 20 cm of jejunum containing three atretic segments was excised, and side-to-side duodenojejunostomy was performed [Figure 3]. The remaining ileum was found spiraling around a straight retrograde vascular pedicle showing an "apple peel" configuration [Figure 4]. The rest of the intestine was normal. A trans-anastomotic tube was left for early feeding. Distal atresias were excluded by instilling saline in the distal gut. Postoperatively the child recovered well. Oral feeding was started from 6 th postoperative day.
|Figure 2: Operative pictures showing multiple jejunal atresias and mesenteric defects|
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|Figure 4: Schematic diagram showing duodenal atresia, multiple jejunal atresia, and distal ileum in "apple-peel" appearance|
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| Discussion|| |
Tandler suggested that atresia of the duodenum is attributed to the failure of recanalization of the epithelial mass, which occludes the duodenal lumen in embryonic life.  Louw and Barnard suggested that jejunoileal atresias were due to late intrauterine mesenteric vascular accident.  Various studies thereafter have shown that jejunoileal atresias may occur due to conditions such as volvulus, intussusception, strangulation, internal hernia, which might cause interference with the mesenteric blood supply.  Small intestinal atresias have also been found to run in families in some cases suggesting genetic inheritance.  According to classification of jejunoileal atresia by Grosfeld et al., apple peel appearance is a variant of atresia (Type IIIb) in which there is a proximal jejunal atresia and the distal bowel is supplied by a single retrograde blood vessel. 
The association of duodenal atresia with multiple jejunal atresias and apple peel appearance of the mesentery is extremely rare. Our case did not have any cardiac malformations or any other associated congenital anomalies generally seen in patients with duodenal atresia. This association of duodenojejunal atresias might suggest some vascular accident in late gestation leading to duodenal atresia contrary to normally accepted theory of failure of recanalization.
There are anecdotal reports of similar malformation. Pathak et al. reported a case of duodenal atresia with apple-peel appearance of the proximal jejunum.  However, in their case, there was no other intestinal atresia. Ahmad et al. reported a case of duodenal atresia with an apple peel configuration of the ileum and absent superior mesenteric artery.  But both these cases did not have any other intestinal atresias. Weber et al. reported a case of duodenojejunal atresia with an apple peel configuration of the ileum and absent superior mesenteric artery.  They also suggested that in rare circumstances vascular accidents may be the underlying cause of duodenal atresia.
| Conclusion|| |
Association of duodenal atresias with multiple jejunal atresias with apple-peel appearance of the remaining ileum is very rare. Such occurrence may be suggestive of vascular insult in late gestation leading to duodenal atresia.
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