Department of Surgery | Conditions and Treatments


What is an abrasion? An abrasion is a superficial rub or wearing off of the skin, usually caused by a scrape or a brush burn. Abrasions are usually minor injuries that you can treat at home. When...

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What is appendicitis in children? Appendicitis is a painful swelling and infection of the appendix (a narrow, finger-like pouch that branches off the large intestine). Doctors are not really sure what...

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What is gastroschisis? Gastroschisis is an opening in the abdominal wall that appears during fetal development. It is considered to be a birth defect. Gastroschisis occurs in about 1 in every 5,000...

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Overview When you saw that your baby had a birthmark, you may have been concerned. But rest assured that birthmarks are very common in infants—and most of them are pretty harmless. Your doctor...

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A hydrocele is fluid around the testicles that presents as painless scrotal swelling. One of your child's testicles may look larger than the other. Hydroceles are often found in newborn boys,...

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Overview Intussusception occurs when a portion of your child's intestine folds inside another segment — this causes an obstruction that prevents the passage of food, which is being digested. The walls...

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Midaortic Syndrome And Renovascular Hypertension Program

About us The Midaortic Syndrome and Renovascular Hypertension (MAS/RVH) Program at Boston Children's Hospital is one of the only centers of its kind dedicated to diagnosing, treating, and providing...

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Neuroblastoma is a cancerous tumor that begins in nerve tissue of very young children, usually beginning in the abdomen or adrenal glands. Abnormal nerve cells may be present before birth, but the...

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Overview Parents of a child with an omphalocele An omphalocele is a birth defect in which some of your baby's abdominal organs protrude through an opening in her abdominal muscles in the area of her...

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Pectus excavatum

Overview Jay M. Wilson, MD, senior associate in Boston Children's Hospital's Department of Surgery Here’s what you should know about pectus excavatum (also known as "funnel chest"): Pectus excavatum...

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Pilonidal Care Program

The word “pilonidal” means “hair nest.” Pilonidal disease is a chronic infection of the skin in the butt crease region. The condition occurs from a reaction to hairs rooted in the skin causing a “nest...

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Tracheomalacia is collapse of the airway when breathing. This means that when your child exhales, the trachea narrows or collapses so much that it may feel hard to breathe. This may result in a...

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