What is the prognosis of pediatric omphalocele?

Updated: Nov 05, 2019
  • Author: James G Glasser, MD, MA, FACS; Chief Editor: Dharmendra J Nimavat, MD, FAAP  more...
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Care of infants with omphaloceles may be simple or complex, depending upon the size of the defect, and the presence and severity of associated problems.

Infants with giant omphaloceles, in which the liver is centrally located and contained within the omphalocele sac, usually have small, bell-shaped thoraces and pulmonary hypoplasia. These babies frequently require tracheostomies and assisted ventilation. Even so, patience and optimism should be encouraged, as growth of the thoracic cavity and maturation of the lung may eventuate in a gratifying outcome.

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