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Does infant pyloric stenosis always need surgery? Or can it go away on its own?

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Dr. Charles Saha
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Pyloric stenosis

This is typically treated with a surgical procedure to open the channel for the food to pass into the small intestine.

In brief: Pyloric stenosis

This is typically treated with a surgical procedure to open the channel for the food to pass into the small intestine.
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Dr. Tanya Russo
Agreed. Pyloric stenosis is never self resolving and can be life threatening if not addressed promptly.
Dr. Neigatha Graney
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Almost Always and No

Pyloric stenosis is caused by hypertrophy of the pylorus muscle blocking passage of food from the stomach; leads to severe dehydration, weight loss, electrolyte disturbances & more.
Does not resolve on its own. Surgical correction is the standard treatment & cure. Nonsurgical treatment with Atropine Sulfate has been used when surgery is not safe however surgery remains the gold standard treatment.

In brief: Almost Always and No

Pyloric stenosis is caused by hypertrophy of the pylorus muscle blocking passage of food from the stomach; leads to severe dehydration, weight loss, electrolyte disturbances & more.
Does not resolve on its own. Surgical correction is the standard treatment & cure. Nonsurgical treatment with Atropine Sulfate has been used when surgery is not safe however surgery remains the gold standard treatment.
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Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Pyloric stenosis does always require surgery.
As time passes the muscle become more and more developed and less and less can leave the stomach into the intestine. Without surgery, the baby will vomit, eventually dehydrate and become critical. Early detection and surgery makes the abnormality easier to treat. Few day recovery.

In brief: Yes

Pyloric stenosis does always require surgery.
As time passes the muscle become more and more developed and less and less can leave the stomach into the intestine. Without surgery, the baby will vomit, eventually dehydrate and become critical. Early detection and surgery makes the abnormality easier to treat. Few day recovery.
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine

In brief: Surgery vs medical

Treatment in United States is operation or surgery with a splitting of the pyloric muscle longitudinally, so called pyloromyotomy commonly performed with laparoscope.
Usually discharged in a day. Mainly in Europe medical treatment is performed with intravenous atropine. Hospital stay is longer with medical therapy averaging about 13 days. With pyoromyotomy usually a one day stay.

In brief: Surgery vs medical

Treatment in United States is operation or surgery with a splitting of the pyloric muscle longitudinally, so called pyloromyotomy commonly performed with laparoscope.
Usually discharged in a day. Mainly in Europe medical treatment is performed with intravenous atropine. Hospital stay is longer with medical therapy averaging about 13 days. With pyoromyotomy usually a one day stay.
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