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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.
Dr. Stephen Kim
Pediatric Surgery 27 years experience
Unknown: The cause of omphalocele is not known.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Omphalocele is seen : In many different genetic conditions, including beckwith-wiedemann syndrome & some trisomies. A geneticist looks at the physical features of the baby & does either a microarray or specific tests. Drugs that constrict blood vessels in mom, placenta & fetus (eg., Pseudoephedrine or Cocaine & methamphetamine) during the first 12 weeks after conceiving increase the risk of abdominal wall defects.
Dr. Charles Vinocur
Pediatric Surgery 48 years experience
In general, you did NOT cause it unless the fetus was exposed to harmful substances. THe syndromes are usually random as well
Mar 15, 2013
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Provided original answer
The assoc. syndromes are genetic accidents, but there's no shame or blame even if they were inheritable.
Mar 16, 2013
Dr. Charles Vinocur
Pediatric Surgery 48 years experience
In general, no: It can be associated with certain genetic disorders but often no cause is found. It occurs are 10 weeks of gestation when the intestines returnto the belly from their position in the umbilical cord where they grew in size. Then, the belly wall closes if that fails to occur, an omphalocele occurs. Many pts have other problems as the heart, anus, bladder, chest wall are developing at the same time.

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Why did my baby get omphalocele?

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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.

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