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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.
Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Abdominal defect: Both are abdominal wall defects located at or to the right of the navel. Gastroschisis is when the intestines protrude through a defect in the abdominal wall to the right of the navel. Omphalocele is when the intestines and possibly liver protrude into the base of the umbilical cord.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Are there any natural methods of preventing an omphalocele?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
None Known: An omphalocele is a birth defect occuring prior to birth. The triggers are unknown asis prevention. So no.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Nothing you did caused the omphalocele. It was no omission on your part either. Anyone telling you othwise is wrong. Best wishes.
Dec 10, 2014
A 32-year-old member asked:

What do I need to know about baby with omphalocele?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Surgery: Baby will need to have surgery to correct defect, either shortly after birth or delayed depending on the size of the defect. Baby will need to be checked for heart and other birth defects.
A 36-year-old member asked:

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/.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Have you ever heard of omphalocele and gastroschisis? Any cure or treatment?

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Dr. Kristine Thayer
Pediatric Surgery 31 years experience
Congenital wall: Gastroschisis and oomphalocele represents congenital abdominal wall defects. Gastroschisis is a tear of the wall next to the umbilical cord allowing the intestines to escape the abdominal cavity. Oomphalocele represents an abnormality of the umbilical cord itself. Whereas gastroschisis has no associated genetic abnormalities, oomphalocele does. Surgery can repairs both defects.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are their any alternatives to surgery for omphalocele?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Depends: a lot depends on the size of the omphalocele. the larger it is(the defect) the more organs it will contain. small ones can be closed easily like a hernia. larger ones may need to be closed gardually via several operations spanning many months. the most significant issue is if there are there any associated birth defects. these defect ocurr about 30% of the time and can affect the heart, brain, etc

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