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An unusual case of neonatal ileus
  1. P Cull1,
  2. O O’Connell2
  1. 1
    Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Derby, UK
  2. 2
    Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK
  1. Dr P Cull, Emergency Department, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London Road, Derby DE1 2QY, UK; peter.cull{at}

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A 2-week-old baby presented in northern Malawi with poor feeding from the age of 4 days, fevers, vomiting and increasing abdominal distension.

Omitted in the initial history was whether the baby had been fed dawale, a herbal infusion made from the roots of a tree species found in the area. This is fed directly to …

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