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Can an ultrasound detect gastroschisis or an omphalocele?

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Dr. Michel Mikhael
Neonatology 42 years experience
Ultrasound: most of the times diagnosis is made prenatally, few times it is difficult to differentiate between the two based on ultrasound
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Depends: The ability to find things on an ultrasound is often dependent on the type of equipment and the skills of the sonographer. In some settings they don't look for more than the BPD or head size to verify timing of pregnancy. If the study is done for prenatal diagnosis it is more detailed & should pick it up.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Can an ultrasound distinguish between an omphalocele and gastroschisis?

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
Diagnostic Radiology 24 years experience
Usually, yes.: Omphalocele comes from the umbilicus and is covered by a membrane, which makes it relatively smooth appearing. Gastroschisis has no covering so the intestinal loops are free in the amniotic fluid and have the appearance of a pom-pom.

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