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Why did my baby get omphalocele?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
Congenital Defect: Omphalocele or umbilical hernia usually disappear before age 5 . Surgical repair is done if protrusion is persistent or complication of obstruction occurs.
Dr. Stephen Kim
Pediatric Surgery 27 years experience
Unknown: An omphalocele is a congenital abdominal wall defect (defect that the baby is born with). Cause is unknown. Most will need surgery to repair.
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
fail to return: By 11 wk abdominal contents return to inside abdomen, failure will result omphalocele, unlike gastrochesis will have sac , abdo.Wall defect is not that significant , most of the time due to genetic defects or failure of programmed signals , environmental , inadequate prenatal care, etc, and some times unknown , don't worry baby will be fine.
Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Unsure : this abdominal defect is not a frequent occurrence, about one:4000 live births. It is associated with other birth defects such as heart, brain, or kidney.
Dr. Darryl Blinski
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
There are degrees of omphalocoele. Best to see Pediatric PS or GS.
Jul 8, 2015

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A 32-year-old member asked:

How does a baby get omphalocele? Did I do something wrong?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Born with it: It is rare and the cause is unknown. It occurs in about 1:4500-5000 live births. There is no known cause between how the mother does during the pregnancy and the occurence of omphalocele.

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