Emesis in the Neonate: Recommendations for Initial Management

Ann Gallagher Downey*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The symptom of emesis in the neonate is common and caused by a myriad of clinical states, some pathologic and some benign. There are many clinical data points that steer the astute clinician toward certain diagnoses and away from others. The focus of this article is to provide a framework for evaluating a neonate that presents to an emergency department with emesis. After reading this article, the emergency department clinician will have a better understanding of the clinical presentation and evaluation of surgical and nonsurgical etiologies of emesis in the neonate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)122-128
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016


  • Hirschsprung disease
  • emergency department
  • emesis
  • gastroesophageal reflux
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • gastrointestinal
  • incarcerated hernia
  • intestinal atresia
  • malrotation
  • necrotizing enterocolotis
  • neonate
  • newborn
  • pyloric stenosis
  • volvulus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine


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