Author(s): Tran DA, Truong QD, Nguyen MT
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Abstract Giant omphaloceles, especially if they contain liver tissue, remain the greatest challenge to pediatric surgeons for the coverage of the huge defect. Various reconstructive techniques have been described in the literature, each with advantages and disadvantages. Standard treatment has been placement of a Silastic silo to allow gradual return of abdominal organs to the abdomen with its limited space. The worst complication of silo placement is infection of the fascia with disruption of the suture line. When fascial infection occurs, closure of the abdominal wall is very difficult or impossible. In this report, the authors describe their experience in treating 5 patients with giant omphaloceles, between 1999 and 2003, utilizing an abs orbable synthetic mesh (polyglactin 910-Vicryl) for abdominal closure and topical application of povidone-iodine 10/100 solution (Betadine) to prevent infection. All patients had perfect results with the simple postoperative care, early oral feeding and were discharged after 2 months of hospitalization with complete skin coverage.
This article was published in Dermatology
and referenced in Clinics in Mother and Child Health