Outcomes of Type 3B Intestinal Atresia at a tertiary institution in South Africa

Hansraj Mangray, Professor GP Hadley


  • Type 3b intestinal atresia is a rare condition associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Due to the unusual arrangement of blood supply to the bowel, post operative morbidity is common and is largely due to anastomotic complications, sepsis and nutritional problems. Studies in developed countries report much improved outcomes. We would like to review our experience with type 3b intestinal atresia and identify factors affecting outcome. The study will be a retrospective review of all the patients treated for type 3b intestinal atresia from 2002 to 2010 at IALCH, department of paediatric surgery. This study will allow us to assess our current practice for type 3b intestinal atresia and identify modifiable factors that can improve outcomes.