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Gastroschisis: etiology, diagnosis, delivery options, and care.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12934745     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Gastroschisis, one of the more common congenital abdominal wall defects, results in herniation of fetal abdominal viscera into the amniotic cavity. This article discusses theories about gastroschisis etiology, in utero diagnostic tools, delivery options, and postdelivery care. Included are detailed considerations regarding immediate interventions after delivery to support the infant's thermal and fluid management needs and to protect the exposed bowel. Surgical options and postoperative care issues and complications are reviewed, as are respiratory distress and vena cava compression from increased abdominal pressure, nutritional support, and interventions related to the prevention of infection. Giving birth to an infant with gastroschisis is an upsetting experience for parents. Evidence suggests, however, that with today's advances in neonatal care and nutrition and with meticulous attention, the survival rate for infants born with gastroschisis can be excellent.
John King; Debbie Fraser Askin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neonatal network : NN     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0730-0832     ISO Abbreviation:  Neonatal Netw     Publication Date:    2003 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-08-25     Completed Date:  2003-10-01     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503921     Medline TA:  Neonatal Netw     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  7-12     Citation Subset:  N    
US Navy Nurse Corps, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Abdominal Muscles / abnormalities
Delivery, Obstetric
Gastroschisis* / diagnosis,  genetics,  surgery,  therapy
Infant, Newborn
Intensive Care, Neonatal
Neonatal Nursing / methods
Postoperative Care

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