Gastrointestinal duplications are rare congenital malformations that can vary in size, location, presentation and symptoms. They can be esophageal, gastric or intestinal in nature.
May be associated with: spinal abnormalities
Problems that may occur from duplications:
If possible, surgical resection is performed. In some cases, only the inner lining of the cyst is removed. If excision cannot be performed, drainage of the cystic area may be attempted. If gastric (stomach) acid producing lining is present, it must be excised to prevent future ulceration/perforation. Pre-operative work-up will determine how best to deal with the cyst.
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