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Omphalomesenteric duct in a neonate with omphalocele minor
  1. Anna Romanova1,
  2. Matthias Nissen1,
  3. Volker Sander1,
  4. Alexander Backendorf2,
  5. Ralf-Bodo Tröbs3
  1. 1 Department of Pediatric Surgery, Marien Hospital, St. Elisabeth Group, Ruhr-University of Bochum, Witten, Germany
  2. 2 Department of Neonatology and Paediatric Intensive Care, Vest Children’s Hospital Datteln, University of Witten Herdecke, Datteln, Germany
  3. 3 Department of Pediatric Surgery, St. Johannes Hospital, Helios Group, Duisburg, Germany
  1. Correspondence to Dr Matthias Nissen, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Ruhr-Universitat Bochum Medizinische Fakultat, Witten 44627, Germany; matthias.nissen{at}

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On primary supply following delivery of a hypotrophic preterm boy (gestational age 36 weeks, Apgar 8/9/10, birth weight 1010 g (<1st percentile)), an omphalocele minor (2.5×5 cm) was diagnosed with a central aperture (0.8 cm diameter) emptying meconium (figure 1). Laboratory assessment and organ screening were inconspicuous, and no associated congenital malformation was detected in the otherwise healthy patient. Subsequent laparotomy following physiological adaptation confirmed an omphalocele minor solely containing intestinal loops and identified an omphalomesenteric duct …

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  • Contributors The authors were all involved in treatment of patient. AR performed data collection and article writing. MN performed conceptualisation and article writing. AB performed critical revision and provided picture. VS contributed to critical revision. R-BT performed surgery and contributed to critical revision.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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