Chapter 38. Surgical Conditions

  1. Kate Thomson MBBS, FRACP General Paediatrician2,3,
  2. Dean Tey MBBS Allergy and Immunology Fellow4 and
  3. Michael Marks MBBS, MPH, MD, FRACP Paediatrician Senior Lecturer5,6
  1. John Hutson MD, MB, DSc, FRACS FAAP Chair of Paediatric Surgery1,6 and
  2. Tom Clarnette MBBS, MD, FRACS Consultant Paediatrician Surgeon

Published Online: 17 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch38

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Hutson, J. and Clarnette, T. (2009) Surgical Conditions, in Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition (eds K. Thomson, D. Tey and M. Marks), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch38

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Developmental Medicine, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  2. 3

    Emergency Department, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  3. 4

    Department of Allergy and Immunology, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 5

    Department of General Medicine, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  5. 6

    Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    Urology and General Surgery Departments, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  2. 6

    Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 13 FEB 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405174008

Online ISBN: 9781444308051



  • surgical conditions;
  • inguinoscrotal conditions - inguinal hernia, reducible and irreducible inguinal hernia;
  • scrotal hydrocele, encysted hydrocele of cord;
  • undescended testes, acute scrotum, torsion of testis;
  • the penis - foreskin/prepuce;
  • umbilical hernia;
  • acute abdominal pain - appendicitis, intussusception;
  • vomiting in infancy - malrotation and volvulus, pyloric stenosis, metabolic complications;
  • neck lumps and rectal bleeding;
  • urgent neonatal surgical conditions - oesophageal atresia, diaphragmatic hernia, ambiguous genitalia exomphalos/gastroschisis


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Inguinoscrotal conditions

  • The penis

  • Umbilical hernia

  • Acute abdominal pain

  • Vomiting in infancy

  • Neck lumps

  • Rectal bleeding

  • Urgent neonatal surgical conditions