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Whats the difference of omphalocele and gastroschisis?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner answered

Specializes in Surgery

These are both birth defects where the intestine comes out of the abdominal wall through a defect. An omphalocele will be covered by a membrane, and there is a higher risk of other birth defects with this condition. Here are some links: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001987/ http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001989/.

Answered Feb 21, 2014



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Dr. Stephen Kim answered

Specializes in Surgery - Pediatric

There are many differences. Omphalocele is a defect at the umbilical ring, usually has an amniotic sac covering the organs, and can be associated with many other congenital anomalies. Gastroschisis is usually a defect on the right of the umbilical cord, does not have a sac, and usually not associated with many congenital anomalies.

Answered Sep 22, 2017



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