Korean J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr.  2005 Mar;8(1):76-80.

Polypectomy by Intraoperative Total Gut Endoscopy in a Child with Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome

  • 1Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Pusan National University, Busan, Korea. jhongpark@pusan.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Pediactric Surgery, College of Medicine, Pusan National University, Busan, Korea.


Peutz-Jeghers syndrome is an autosomal dominant inherited syndrome characterized by mucocutaneous pigmentation and gastrointestinal hamartomatous polyps. The most important complications that increase morbidity are intussusception, bleeding and obstruction. Most patients with Peutz-Jeghers syndrome may undergo multiple laparotomies for complications such as intussusception or bleeding every 2 to 3 years during adolescence and early adulthood. To decrease the relaparotomy rate, intraoperative endoscopy may be useful in the treatment of complications that are related to Peutz-Jeghers syndrome. Use of intraoperative endoscopy can lead to a healthier life and to a longer life expectancy for the patient. We describe a case of Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, who underwent polypectomy by total gut endoscopy in an 11-year-old girl presented with intestinal obstruction and anemia. During the course of the operation, the endoscope was inserted per the enterostomy and colostomy sites, and 16 polyps in the small and large intestine were removed endoscopically using a snare.


Peutz-Jeghers syndrome; Total gut endoscopy; Polypectomy
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