Advances in surgery for abdominal wall defects: Gastroschisis and omphalocele

Document Type



Paediatric Surgery


Abdominal wall defects (AWDs) are a common congenital surgical problem in fetuses and neonates. The incidence of these defects has steadily increased over the past few decades due to rising numbers of gastroschisis. Most of these anomalies are diagnosed prenatally and then managed at a center with available pediatric surgical, neonatology, and high-risk obstetric support. Omphaloceles and gastroschisis are distinct anomalies that have different management and outcomes. There have been a number of recent advances in the care of patients with AWDs, both in the fetus and the newborn, which will be discussed in this article.


This work was published before the author joined Aga Khan University.

Publication (Name of Journal)

Clinics in Perinatology