When are abdominal hernias identified in neonates?

Updated: Jul 23, 2019
  • Author: Assar A Rather, MBBS, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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Recognition of a small omphalocele or hernia of the umbilical cord stalk may not occur until after delivery. This may result in compromise of the small bowel or damage to an omphalomesenteric duct as the cord is clamped. Therefore, in an infant with an unusual or widened umbilical cord base, the cord should be clamped well away from the abdomen to prevent iatrogenic injury to the intestine.


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