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#121-125 - Abdominal Wall Defects

Hello Friends,

This week of The Incubator and Neonatology Review podcast, we reviewed the scary topic of abdominal wall defects. Gastroschisis and Omphaloceles are high yield for board exam and there was definitely a lot for us to cover. We also had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Noor Kassira, a pediatric surgeon from Joe DiMaggio Children's hospital who answered our burning questions on babies with abdominal wall defect and their long-term outcomes.

Our guest this week is the brilliant Dr. Noor Kassira. Find out more about Noor at

If you would like to reach out to Dr. Kassira for questions or opportunities to collaborate her email is:

Link to download the PowerPoint and notes from these episodes 👇

The articles covered on this series of episodes can be found here 👇

Abdominal Wall Defects.

Slater BJ, Pimpalwar A.Neoreviews. 2020 Jun;21(6):e383-e391. doi: 10.1542/neo.21-6-e383.PMID: 32482700 Review.

Ventral Abdominal Wall Defects.

Mansfield SA, Jancelewicz T.Pediatr Rev. 2019 Dec;40(12):627-635. doi: 10.1542/pir.2018-0253.PMID: 31792046 Review. No abstract available.

Gastroschisis: antenatal sonographic predictors of adverse neonatal outcome.

Page R, Ferraro ZM, Moretti F, Fung KF.J Pregnancy. 2014;2014:239406. doi: 10.1155/2014/239406. Epub 2014 Dec 22.PMID: 25587450 Free PMC article. Review.

Vanishing Gastroschisis with a Favorable Outcome after a 3-Year Follow-Up: A Case Report and Literature Review.

Abi Rached E, Sananes N, Kauffmann-Chevalier I, Becmeur F.Case Rep Obstet Gynecol. 2020 Jan 7;2020:8542087. doi: 10.1155/2020/8542087. eCollection 2020.PMID: 31970004 Free PMC article.

Primary fascial closure versus staged closure with silo in patients with gastroschisis: a meta-analysis.

Kunz SN, Tieder JS, Whitlock K, Jackson JC, Avansino JR.J Pediatr Surg. 2013 Apr;48(4):845-57. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2013.01.020.PMID: 23583145 Free PMC article.

Sutureless closure for the management of gastroschisis.

Diyaolu M, Wood LS, Bruzoni M.Transl Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2021 Jul 25;6:31. doi: 10.21037/tgh-20-185. eCollection 2021.PMID: 34423152 Free PMC article. Review.

A multi-country study of prevalence and early childhood mortality among children with omphalocele.

Nembhard WN, Bergman JEH, Politis MD, Arteaga-Vázquez J, Bermejo-Sánchez E, Canfield MA, Cragan JD, Dastgiri S, de Walle HEK, Feldkamp ML, Nance A, Gatt M, Groisman B, Hurtado-Villa P, Kallén K, Landau D, Lelong N, Lopez-Camelo J, Martinez L, Morgan M, Pierini A, Rissmann A, Šípek A, Szabova E, Tagliabue G, Wertelecki W, Zarante I, Bakker MK, Kancherla V, Mastroiacovo P.Birth Defects Res. 2020 Dec;112(20):1787-1801. doi: 10.1002/bdr2.1822. Epub 2020 Oct 17.PMID: 33067932 Free PMC article.

Zahouani T, Mendez MD. Omphalocele. [Updated 2023 May 23]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2023 Jan-. Available from:

Rentea RM, Gupta V. Gastroschisis. [Updated 2023 Apr 10]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2023 Jan-. Available from:

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