Brad W. Warner MD


Umbilical Hernia

An umbilical hernia is a bulge in the abdominal wall near the navel (umbilicus) that sometimes contains abdominal tissue, a loop of intestine, fat, or fluid. An umbilical hernia may be present at birth or develop shortly thereafter. Most of these hernias are noticed when babies are a few days or weeks old, after the…

Hirschsprung’s Disease

Hirschsprung’s disease is a birth defect in which certain nerve cells in a part of the large intestine are missing, and the muscles in that area can’t relax. Because the muscle contractions that normally push food and digestive waste through that area can’t occur, stool gets trapped, and inflammation and constipation…

Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Necrotizing enterocolitis is an infection and inflammation of a newborn’s intestine. It can be mild or severe, leading to bowel obstruction and tissue death. Symptoms in a newborn may include a swollen or tender belly, poor appetite or throwing up, constipation, and dark, black, or bloody stools. A newborn may also have…

Necrotizing Enterocolitis

What is necrotizing enterocolitis? Necrotizing enterocolitis is infection and inflammation of the intestine. It is most common in babies who are born early (premature). Many newborns who have it go on to live healthy lives. But if the infection becomes severe, it can cause severe damage to the intestine, which can be…

Intussusception

Intussusception is a condition in which part of the intestine (usually the lower part of the small intestine) folds inward and into itself, like a telescope. It can cause swelling, pain, and a complete or partial loss of blood supply to the affected area. If not treated, the affected intestine may burst or die, causing…