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Pediatr Dev Pathol. 2013 Sep-Oct;16(5):348-52. doi: 10.2350/13-03-1318-CR.1. Epub 2013 May 20.

Thoracoabdominal wall defect with complete ectopia cordis and gastroschisis: a case report and review of the literature.

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Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 10833 Le Conte Avenue, CHS 13-145, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1732, USA.

Abstract

Ventral wall defects are extremely rare anomalies that are likely caused by the failure of the ventral wall to close during week 4 of development. We report a case of severe thoracoabdominal wall defect including complete thoracic ectopia cordis and gastroschisis. This combination represents a novel constellation of findings in a single patient. This unique case further demonstrates an anatomically normal heart with age-appropriate development and an intact diaphragm. We review the literature of other reports and discussions of entities that share overlapping features with this case.

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23688328
DOI:
10.2350/13-03-1318-CR.1
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