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What is the difference between gastroschisis and omphalocele?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Location: 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/.
Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Defects: Both are abdominal wall defects. Gastroschisis occurs to right of umbilicus and has extruded bowel that in uncovered. Omphalocele is a herniation of abdominal contents in the base of the umbilical cord so the contents are covered. Omphalocele is associated with other congenital defects while gastroschisis is not.
Dr. Stephen Kim
Pediatric Surgery 27 years experience
Many differences: 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.

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What is the difference between an omphalocele and gastroschisis?

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Dr. Kristine Thayer
Pediatric Surgery 31 years experience
Congenital wall: Gastroschisis is a tear in the abdominal wall. It can result in the intestines escaping the cavity and spinning around, cutting off the blood supply(volvulous). Oomphalocele is a problem of the cord. It's biggest issues are genetic defects and the size of the wall defect. The cavity may not hold the organs and intestines. Oomphalocele may take months to close. Gastroschisis can be immediate.
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Whats the difference of omphalocele and gastroschisis?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Location: 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/.

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