Dr. Anna Palatnik along with Dr. Erika Peterson authors of The Association Between Gestational Age at Delivery in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine

Anna Palatnik, MD, Assistant Professor in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, is one of the study authors of a paper in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine that looks at the association between gestational age at delivery and closure type for neonates with gastroschisis.

The study looked at babies who were born with gastroschisis, which is a birth defect in their abdominal wall, leading to formation of a hole and the bowel pushes through the hole and located outside the body. They evaluated whether there was association between gestational age at delivery and type of closure that these neonates undergo. They also compared the outcome of these newborns based on gestational age at delivery and type of abdominal wall closure: “primary repair” done on the same day the baby is born or “staged” which is done over the course of several days/weeks. They looked at 206 babies who were born with gastroschisis at Froedtert Birth Center. They found that there was no association between gestational age at delivery and the rate of primary closure of the abdominal wall defect. They also found that later gestational age at delivery was beneficial to these babies as it was associated with shorter duration of ventilation and parenteral nutrition. When they compared two techniques of closure, they found that the primary closure was associated with faster start of oral diet and shorter length of hospital stay for these babies.


Read the full article, The Association between Gestational Age at Delivery, Closure Type and Perinatal Outcomes in Neonates with Isolated Gastroschisis →