What are the major challenges in the treatment of gastroschisis and omphaloceles?

Updated: Jul 23, 2019
  • Author: Assar A Rather, MBBS, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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The major challenges in gastroschisis are reduction of the inflamed viscera into the abdomen and maintenance of effective nutrition. The two major problems in the management of omphaloceles are (1) closure of the defect without undue tension and (2) treatment of associated anomalies, particularly cardiac defects and pulmonary hypoplasia. Associated anomalies must be stabilized swiftly before operation.


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