Ectopia cortis is a dramatic anomaly even to the experienced heart surgeon. Infants born with this anomaly always have associated midline defects, including an omphalocele and sternal and/or rib deficiencies. Associated intracardiac problems are common. Initial surgery is aimed at covering the heart and abdominal wall defect with skin. Ideally, repair of intracardiac defects is delayed until a later age, as is chest wall reconstruction.
KeywordsVentricular Septal Defect Ventricular Septal Defect Abdominal Wall Defect Battery Pack Congenital Heart Surgery
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