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This report presents two cases of neonatal patients with abdominal wall defects requiring emergency intervention, a closing gastroschisis and a pedunculated exomphalos with eviscerated liver. Both presented as pre-partum fetal distress and were delivered in a tertiary centre, where they received antenatal care. Coordination in the multidisciplinary team and prompt surgical intervention prevented loss of the eviscerated abdominal contents and prevented mortality in both cases.

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BMJ Case Rep

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Abdominal Wall, Female, Fetal Distress, Gastroschisis, Hernia, Umbilical, Humans, Infant, Newborn, Male, Pregnancy, Prenatal Care