A member asked:

Can you have omphaloceles in other places beside the belly?

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Dr. Danielle Jones answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

An omphalocele is a defect in the development of muscles of the abdominal wall causing some of the internal organs to be herniated into the base of umbilical cord. The sac is covered with peritoneum without overlying skin. Associated anomalies in other organs are not infrequent.

Answered Mar 1, 2016



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Dr. Pam Yoder answered

Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Omphalocele is an anterior wall defect, like a herniation. In over half the cases, there are other anomalies including chromosome abnormalities. Ultrasound suggesting omphalocele should be repeated by the most expert physician in the area. If it is confirmed, genetic counselling and/or consult + us scan by maternal-fetal medicine specialist are also recommended. It's best if the visits occur asap.

Answered Apr 20, 2017


Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Omphalos= umbilical cord Coel= cavity The word means there is a cavity within the umbilical cord. The word is a combination of 2 root words and is applied to a situation where abdominal contents are abnormally present within the cord, at its base as it attached to the baby's body.Since the umbilical cord is only found in one site, that's the only place you can have one.

Answered May 28, 2017



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