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The use of tissue expanders in the closure of a giant omphalocele.

Giant omphalocele is associated with a high degree of visceroabdominal disproportion, which prohibits safe primary closure. Conventional treatment options include (1) topical therapy with epithelialization followed by secondary ventral hernia repair and (2) staged reduction using a SILASTIC(R) (Dow Corning, Midland, MI) chimney. The authors report a case in which staged reduction of a giant omphalocele was facilitated by the use of crescent-shaped tissue expanders positioned in the potential space between the internal oblique and transversus abdominis layers of the abdominal wall.

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