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Why did my baby get omphalocele?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 55 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.
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Dr. Stephen Kim
Surgery - Pediatric 28 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.
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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 57 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.
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 45 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.
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Dr. Darryl Blinski
Plastic Surgery 47 years experience
There are degrees of omphalocoele. Best to see Pediatric PS or GS.
Jul 8, 2015

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