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Is there any teratogenic cause of omphalocele?

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Dr. Judy Orton
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Unsure: Omphalocele is a failure of the return of the midgut from the yolk sac to the abdomen before 10 weeks of gestation. It can be associated with other malformations and syndromes. Best to ask the neonatologist and/or a geneticist for each individual case. The intestines are involved in 1/5000 births, with liver and intestines occurring in 1/10000 births. Immediate surgical repair is required.
Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
No: None known. Cause is unknown. Occurrence is about 1:4500-5000 live births.

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