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  • Well Wishes to Dr. Scott Engum

    Posted: Jul 17, 2014

    Effective June 30, 2014, Dr. Scott Engum and his family moved to Fargo, ND where Dr. Engum is actively building a pediatric surgical practice in the Sanford Health System. He will begin providing care to children in that area on July 28th. We are excited that he has chosen to support a community that would not otherwise have pediatric surgical care.

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  • Welcome to the new Pediatric Surgical Associates website!

    Posted: May 22, 2013

    We're thrilled to welcome you to our new website! Whether you're a patient, parent, or provider, we hope the new design helps you to easily find the information you're looking for. If you're new to Pediatric Surgical Associates, stop by the About Us section to meet our physicians and get to know us a little better. Parents, in the Patients & Parents area you'll find a welcome video for you and your child to watch together prior to visiting, so you can know what to expect on your first ...

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  • What is Intestinal Malrotation?

    Posted: Mar 11, 2013

    Intestinal malrotation is a congenital disorder of incomplete rotation of the intestine during fetal growth. Because of this incomplete rotation the intestine lies in a peculiar location in the abdomen (Figure 1) that is at higher risk for twisting off the blood supply to the intestine (midgut volvulus). (Figure 2) Children with this disorder often present during the first six months of life with difficulties of intolerance to feedings and associated vomiting, often of a bilious, yellow or ...

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  • What is an Umbilical Hernia?

    Posted: Mar 11, 2013

    Umbilical hernias are one of the more common disorders of the abdominal wall seen in children, occurring in approximately 1:6 children in some series. The umbilicus at birth is encircled by a fascial ring which represents a defect in the linea alba. This umbilical opening has the remnants of the umbilical arteries and urachus in an inferior direction as well as the umbilical vein in a superior direction. A layer of fascia derived from the transversalis fascia supports the base of the umbilicus. ...

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  • What is an MRSA Abscess?

    Posted: Mar 11, 2013

    MRSA associated abscesses are a frequent occurrence in the pediatric population. MRSA is a type of staphylococcus infection that takes advantage of any break in the skin, causing a local skin infection and the development of an abscess beneath the skin. This form of a staphylococcal infection is more aggressive than a routine infection, as it has a specialized enzyme that causes tissue destruction and leads to abscess formation in a very short period of time. Families often report the ...

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