Screening for fetal abdominal wall defects.

  title={Screening for fetal abdominal wall defects.},
  author={Rick W Martin},
  journal={Obstetrics and gynecology clinics of North America},
  volume={25 3},
  • Rick W Martin
  • Published 1998 in
    Obstetrics and gynecology clinics of North…
Failure of the lateral ventral folds to close by the third month of embryonic life results in an omphalocele. Although the abdominal wall defect is easily closed, the survival rate for infants with an omphalocele remains only 79%, largely the result of coexistent anomalies and chromosomal abnormalities. Gastroschisis is a deformation caused by disruption of the right omphalomesenteric artery and a resultant full-thickness defect in the abdominal wall. As a result, small bowel and, on occasion… CONTINUE READING