• Kenneth W. Liechty


Omphalocele is a common congenital abdominal wall defects. It consists of a central defect in the umbilical ring that allows herniation of the viscera into the umbilical cord, resulting in a membrane-covered defect. The mortality has been historically reported to exceed 25%, however this has been reduced by advances in prenatal diagnosis, pediatric anesthesia, mechanical ventilation, nutritional support, operative techniques, and neonatal intensive care units.


Enteral Nutrition Primary Closure Respiratory Insufficiency Abdominal Compartment Syndrome Abdominal Wall Defect 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departments of General Thoracic and Fetal SurgeryUniversity of Pennsylvania, Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaUSA

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