Bipedicled skin flaps for reconstruction of the abdominal wall in newborn omphalocele

A. Zaccara, M. Zama, A. Trucchi, A. Nahom, F. De Stefano, Pietro Bagolan

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Despite technical refinements in surgery and advances in postoperative intensive care, abdominal wall closure in giant omphalocele remains a difficult endeavor. In this respect, bipedicled skin flaps obtained with longitudinal incisions along the margins of the rectus abdominis muscle may represent a good alternative solution to achieve a complete, tension-free midline closure. Incisional areas can subsequently be easily covered with split-thickness thigh grafts. Two neonatal cases were treated with this technique with good results. This has enabled avoidance of palliative coverage as well as complex musculo-cutaneous reconstructions at a later age.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-615
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2003


  • Abdominal wall
  • Omphalocele
  • Skin flaps

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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