Prenatal and postnatal management of omphalocele
Article first published online: 15 JUL 2008
Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Special Issue: Anomalies of the fetal thorax and abdomen: diagnosis, management and outcome
Volume 28, Issue 7, pages 626–632, July 2008
How to Cite
Mann, S., Blinman, T. A. and Douglas Wilson, R. (2008), Prenatal and postnatal management of omphalocele. Prenat. Diagn., 28: 626–632. doi: 10.1002/pd.2008
- Issue published online: 15 JUL 2008
- Article first published online: 15 JUL 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 MAR 2008
- Manuscript Revised: 21 DEC 2007
- Manuscript Received: 11 JUL 2007
- abdominal wall defect;
- umbilical hernia
Omphalocele is one of the most common abdominal wall defects seen in the prenatal period. Once this diagnosis is confirmed, it is important to check the fetal karyotype and thoroughly assess the fetus for other malformations. Prenatal management involves serial assessment of fetal growth and prenatal testing to ensure fetal well-being. Closure of the abdominal wall and replacement of organs into the abdominal cavity can be done directly if the omphalocele is small or in a staged manner if the omphalocele is large. Successful outcomes for these neonates can be optimized with a multidisciplinary team approach to prenatal and postnatal management. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.