, Volume 17, Issue 2-3, pp 242-244

Staged reduction of gastroschisis: a simple method

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 Staged reduction of abdominal contents using a silastic sheet has become standard management in gastroschisis where primary closure is not possible. With the introduction of a pre-made Silastic silo coupled to a spring-loaded ring (Ben Tec, Sacramento, CA), the procedure can be done at the bedside. We present a simple technique utilizing a disposable umbilical-cord clamp that makes reduction a fast, one-physician procedure and present a preoperative step that facilitates tension-free closure of the abdominal fascia.

Accepted: 19 November 1999