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Case Report

A Case of Protracted Diarrhea in a Newborn: A Diagnostic Challenge

Division of Pediatrics
Division of Neonatology
Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Centro Hospitalar do Porto, Portugal
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Pediatr. Rep. 2014, 6(3), 5596;
Submission received: 12 August 2014 / Revised: 12 August 2014 / Accepted: 28 October 2014 / Published: 11 December 2014


Congenital diarrhea comprises a broad range of pathologies and often requires a thor- ough workup and immediate treatment. Although rare, microvillous inclusion disease (MVID) should be included in differential diagnosis of this presentation in the neonate. We report the case of a 36-week newborn who developed signs of severe dehydration and lethargy, requiring fluid resuscitation and total parenteral nutrition. MVID was diagnosed by recognition of profuse secretory diarrhea after an exhaustive etiological investigation, confirmed by DNA analysis.
Keywords: microvillous inclusion disease; protracted; diarrhea microvillous inclusion disease; protracted; diarrhea

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Mendes, C.; Figueiredo, C.; Mansilha, H.; Proenca, E.; Oliveira, D.; Lima, R.; Carvalho, C. A Case of Protracted Diarrhea in a Newborn: A Diagnostic Challenge. Pediatr. Rep. 2014, 6, 5596.

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Mendes C, Figueiredo C, Mansilha H, Proenca E, Oliveira D, Lima R, Carvalho C. A Case of Protracted Diarrhea in a Newborn: A Diagnostic Challenge. Pediatric Reports. 2014; 6(3):5596.

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Mendes, Catarina, Catarina Figueiredo, Helena Mansilha, Elisa Proenca, Dulce Oliveira, Rosa Lima, and Carmen Carvalho. 2014. "A Case of Protracted Diarrhea in a Newborn: A Diagnostic Challenge" Pediatric Reports 6, no. 3: 5596.

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