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A 21-year-old female asked:

I was born with the omphalocele & am wondering if since i was born with this defect if i'd ever be able to have children of my own?!

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Very likely: Omphalocele is often associated with abnormality in other organs, e.g., heart defect. Unless you have congenital anomaly involving genital tract, you should be able to.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Interesting question: Your early life was marked by neonatal intensive care,surgery and lots of worry.If you developed your other "parts" in a normal way (most with the defect do), and you have gained a relatively normal life in adulthood, there is no basic reason you would not be able to bear children. The "parts" you need were not directly involved, but you may need early and close monitoring during pregnancy.
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Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Complex: It's conceivable but largely depends on the size of your omphalocele and how it was repaired. Omphaloceles are frequently found with other genetic anomalies which can also affect fertility. Best answer is to discuss this with your private physician who knows more of the details about your surgical history.
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Dr. Mohammad Khan
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Yes: you should be able to have normal reproductive pattern
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Dr. Lois A Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Probably: Consider these: there is a 50 percent prevalence of associated congenital abnormalities in the presence of omphalocele-some perhaps affecting pregnancy; there is an increased recurrence risk of omphalocele in family members. Young age at pregnancy is a risk factor. There is no good hard data on risks so consultation with a perinatologist is advised
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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
Neonatology 37 years experience
Have your semen evaluated if you have any doubts, you won't know until you check into it...
Sep 27, 2014

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