Pyloric Stenosis

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Assessing the Efficacy of Chiropractic Care in Pediatric Cases of Pyloric Stenosis . Proceedings of the National Conference on Chiropractic and Pediatrics (International Chiropractors Association: Arlington, VA). Fallon JP, Lok BJ.1994: 72-79.

pyloricstenosisFrom the abstract: Clinical evidence suggests that chiropractic adjustments can be an effective conservative treatment for pyloric stenosis. Additional studies are required to validate the efficacy of chiropractic care in cases of infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis. Discussion of pyloric stenosis and case history of a three week old female infant with a two-day history of projectile vomiting who was diagnosed with pyloric stenosis. Infant was extremely irritable and would scream 18 hours each day. Mother brought child to chiropractor in order to avoid surgical intervention. Infant had been breastfed since birth.

From the paper: “Upon static palpation of the atlas, the child would physically try to move away from the examiner with extension of the extremities. A loud ʻwailʼ followed motion palpation of the atlas. Passive cervical range of motion was fixed upon right lateral flexion. First adjustment was an atlas adjustment performed, as the baby was supine on the motherʼs lap. Doctorʼs right thumb was placed on right atlas transverse process and left hand placed on the left occiput for stabilization. A light thrust was given to the atlas, directly lateral. The first six adjustments were of atlas, the 7th visit the child was not adjusted and on tenth visit the child was adjusted T-4. By the second visit (2nd day of care) child was less fussy but still vomiting. By the fourth visit (seventh day of care), the projectile vomiting had ceased. Screaming continued in decreasing intensity until the 10th visit (day 32). Infant slept from 8:30 PM to 4:30 AM without wakening.

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