Gastroschisis: Small hole, big cost

R. M. Sydorak, A. Nijagal, L. Sbragia, S. Hirose, K. Tsao, R. H. Phibbs, S. K. Schmitt, H. Lee, D. L. Farmer, M. R. Harrison, Craig T. Albanese

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Background/Purpose: This study was designed to assess the outcome and financial costs incurred for the treatment of gastroschisis. Methods: A retrospective analysis was conducted of all patients with gastroschisis at a single institution over the past decade (n = 69). Hospital costs were determined and standardized to December 2001 dollars. Results: Of the 69 patients, average gestational age at delivery was 35.9 weeks. Thirty-six patients had a primary fascial closure; 33 had a silo placed. The mean time to first feeding was 22 days and full feeding, 33 days. Average length of stay was 47 days. There were 3 deaths (2 shortly after birth, and one 131 days later owing to sepsis). The average cost of hospitalization and physician fees for patients with gastroschisis was $123,200. Using multivariate regression analysis, significant variables (P < .05) associated with cost of hospitalization were number of operative procedures, ventilatory days, male gender, and length of stay. Room expenses (43%), physician fees (15%), respiratory and pulmonary care (10%), and supply and devices (10%) made up the majority of costs. Conclusions: Cost of care associated with treatment for gastroschisis is high. Strategies designed to reduce cost must limit gastrointestinal, respiratory, and operative complications and reduce length of stay.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1669-1672
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002


  • Abdominal wall defect
  • Cost
  • Gastroschisis
  • Outcome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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