Management of the Infant With Gastroschisis: A Comprehensive Review of the Literature

Tracey Williams, MSN, RN, NNP, Rachel Butler, MSN, RN, NNP, Tara Sundem, MSN, RN, NNP


NAINR. 2003;3(2) 

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Associated Anomalies

There is a lower incidence of associated anomalies with gastroschisis compared with other abdominal wall defects. A 10-year review of infants with gastroschisis found a 30% incidence of associated anomalies with intestinal atresia and cryptorchidism or undescended testes being the most common.[22] Intestinal atresia was noted in 22% of affected infants, while cryptorchidism was noted in 55%.[22] In a second 10-year review of infants with gastroschisis, ileal atresia occurred in 5.4% of affected infants and cryptorchidism occurred in 24%.[14] Cryptorchidism in infants with gastroschisis has an estimated occurrence of 31%.[23] Cryptorchidism is considered a minor anomaly that usually requires conservative management.[23]


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