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Minerva Pediatrica 2002 October;54(5):455-8

Copyright © 2002 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Management of neglected giant omphalocele with Gore-tex in a child aged 8 years

Sakellaris G., Petrakis I., Vlazakis S., Kakavelakis K., Vasiliou M., Antipas S., Ntolatzas T.


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Omphalocele is a disease of neonatal age and its present management is successful in almost all specialized centers of Pediatric Surgery. A case of an 8-year-old girl who was managed with conservative treatment during her neonatal period with mercurochrome (Grob method) is presented. Due to very serious congenital cardiopathy, a corrective operative procedure of the omphalocele was not feasible during neonatal age. However, following successful heart surgery the child grew up with her initial disorder. The child was first seen in our clinic at the age of 5 years, presenting with a very large omphalocele. Following a staged pressure of the abdomen with a special belt an attempt was made to close the ventral hernia successfully using a Gore-tex sheet.

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