What is included in the long-term monitoring of pediatric omphalocele and gastroschisis (abdominal wall defects)?

Updated: Nov 05, 2019
  • Author: James G Glasser, MD, MA, FACS; Chief Editor: Dharmendra J Nimavat, MD, FAAP  more...
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Following discharge, these infants require close follow-up to assess their growth and weight gain, and to chronicle developmental milestones.

They frequently have symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux (GER), which are notoriously variable, and which may occasionally be life-threatening. Treatment for GER follows the same principles as for other infants.

Hirschsprung disease may also occur. Physicians should consider this diagnosis in a child with refractory constipation and failure to thrive.


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