Advances in Surgery for Abdominal Wall Defects. Gastroschisis and Omphalocele

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Abdominal wall defects (AWDs) are a common congenital surgical problem in fetuses and neonates. The incidence of these defects has steadily increased over the past few decades due to rising numbers of gastroschisis. Most of these anomalies are diagnosed prenatally and then managed at a center with available pediatric surgical, neonatology, and high-risk obstetric support. Omphaloceles and gastroschisis are distinct anomalies that have different management and outcomes. There have been a number of recent advances in the care of patients with AWDs, both in the fetus and the newborn, which will be discussed in this article.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-386
Number of pages12
JournalClinics in Perinatology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Gastroschisis
  • Neonatal
  • Omphalocele
  • Prenatal diagnosis
  • Surgery


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