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 Education for the GS Bowel Injury Score

The Gastroschisis (GS) bowel injury severity score is a composite scoring tool applied to the bowel of GS patients at birth and at each attempted abdominal closure. 

The scored variables include: 
    1) Bowel matting: None, mild or severe 
    2) Bowel necrosis: Absent, focal or diffuse
    3) Bowel atresia: Absent, suspected or present
    4) Bowel perforation: Absent or present

Below, please see a text description and photographic examples of "bowel matting". Clicking on an image will display a larger version.

No Matting

Bowel is essentially normal: pliable, soft, not thickened; minimal fibrin formation on surface. No intestinal or mesenteric foreshortening. 


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Mild Matting

Serosal surface is dull (i.e. not shiny); moderate fibrin "peel", mostly non-adherent. Some thickening with loss of pliability in both bowel wall and mesentery. Bowel loops adherent to each other but separable. Some intestinal foreshortening may be present.

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Severe Matting

Marked bowel wall thickening, non-pliability. Bowel loops "congealed" with one another. May be difficult to trace individual loops. Abundant fibrin which is quite adherent. Variable bowel discoloration (white/purplish red). Marked intestinal and mesenteric foreshortening.
severe matting
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