Initial management of omphalocele using negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) in Ecuador: A case series




Abdominal wall defect, Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT), Omphalocele


Background: Omphalocele is an abdominal wall defect. Herniated organs can be small or large intestine, liver, and stomach. The use of conventional techniques has always been a challenge for the surgeon. The goal of using NPWT is to provide a quick, simple, and effective method to reduce the eviscerated content and enlarge the visceral continent.

Case Presentation: The record of 3 patients with omphalocele was reviewed. There were two females and one male neonate. All the babies were born by C-section and were antenatally diagnosed for omphalocele. In all cases, NPWT was applied. Two cases were discharged in good condition while one patient with complex cardiac defects succumbed.

Conclusion: NPWT is an effective and safe alternative for omphalocele management.


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Author Biography

Daniel Acosta-Farina, Dr. Roberto Gilbert Elizalde Children's Hospital. Guayaquil- Ecuador.

Dr. Roberto Gilbert Elizalde Children's Hospital

Chair of Pediatric Surgery


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Acosta-Farina D, Aguayo-Vistin J, Cedeño-Moreira C, Salinas-Salinas V, Polit-Guerrero V, Oliveros-Rivero J, Acosta-Bowen D. Initial management of omphalocele using negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) in Ecuador: A case series. J Neonatal Surg [Internet]. 2022Feb.28 [cited 2024May21];11:10. Available from:

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