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Congenital Abdominal Wall Defects: An Update

Wilson R.D. · Johnson M.P.
Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa., USA Fetal Diagn Ther 2004;19:385–398 (DOI:10.1159/000078990)


Objective: To review published peer-reviewed literature regarding abdominal wall defects including gastroschisis and omphalocele. Methods: Review of published peer-reviewed literature using Med Line 1985–2003 and textbooks. Results: Gastroschisis and omphalocele literature is reviewed using pathology, incidence and epidemiology, prenatal evaluation, pregnancy and delivery management, postnatal outcome and fetal therapy. Conclusion: Gastroschisis and omphalocele are common abdominal wall defects and have significant morbidity and mortality.


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