INTRODUCTION: Vernix caseosa peritonitis (VCP) is a rare and poorly recognised condition resulting from a sustained foreign body reaction to the vernix caseosa of the baby. This case-based review aims to highlight its importance for any medical team managing patients with peritonitis who have undergone a recent Caesarean section.
CASE REPORT: A 31-year-old woman presented 5 weeks after a Caesarean section with symptoms and signs of peritonitis.
CONCLUSIONS: Laparotomy and peritoneal lavage is the mainstay of treatment for VCP. Knowledge of the condition may stop inadvertent resection of normal intra-abdominal organs. Greater awareness of VCP is required to ensure earlier recognition as patients can recover well following timely operative intervention.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2012|
- Cesarean Section
- Delayed Diagnosis
- Postoperative Complications/diagnosis
- Second-Look Surgery
- Vernix Caseosa