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What is gastroschisis?

What is gastroschisis?

Gastroschisis: Is a birth defect in which an infant's intestines stick out of the body through a defect on one side of the umbilical cord. ...Read more

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What causes gastroschisis?

What causes gastroschisis?

We don't know: We know that gastroschisis is more common in young mothers, and in mothers who smoke cigarettes. We also know that the rate of gastroschisis in babies is rising in many places , possibly related to exposure to chemicals in the environment, but there is a lot we don't know about why it happens. ...Read more

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Is gastrochesis hereditary?

Is gastrochesis hereditary?

No: Gastroschisis has no hereditary basis. In usually occurs in first-born babies of young mothers and associated anomalies are limited to intestinal atresia in 10% of cases. Omphalocele, on the other hand, has a high rate of associated anomalies (up to 60%) that may include chromosomal abnormalities. ...Read more

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How common is gastroschisis?

How common is  gastroschisis?

Incidence is rising: 20 years ago it would have been reported that about 1/10, 000 babies had gastroschisis. Now that risk may be as high as 3-4 in 10, 000 babies in some places. We do not know what is causing the risk of gastroschisis to rise. ...Read more

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Does a silo treat gastroschisis?

Does a silo treat gastroschisis?

Connfusing question: Surgeons will often create a "silo" from 2 pieces of sterile fibrous material that are stitched on 3 sides. This acts as a temporary housing for the abdominal contents that will not fit in the small abdominal space.It sits on top of the abdomen, and with time the silo is repeatedly stitched across until the contents are pushed back into an enlarging abdominal cavity ...Read more

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What causes a child to have gastroschisis?

What causes a child to have  gastroschisis?

Not really known: The cause of gastroschisis is not known, but there are certain statistical associations such as younger maternal age, alcohol consumption or smoking during pregnancy, & certain medications or infections. For more information go to the birth defects homepage of the cdc at: www.Cdc.Gov/ncbddd/birthdefects and select specific birth defects in the left column; scroll down to "gastroschisis". ...Read more

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Can you explain exactly what is wrong in gastroschisis?

Can you explain exactly what is wrong in  gastroschisis?

Birth defect: In gastroschisis the baby is born with the intestines protruding ouside of the abdominal cavity through a hole (defect) beside the umbilicus (belly button). For details including an image go to the birth defects homepage of the cdc at www.Cdc.Gov/ncbddd/birthdefects and select specific birth defects in the left column; scroll down to "gastroschisis". ...Read more

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What is the procedure necessary for correcting gastrochesis?

What is the procedure necessary for correcting gastrochesis?

Cover intestines: In gastroschisis, the intestines are uncovered. To cover the intestines, they can be returned directly to the abdomen in the operating room immediately, or they can be covered with a silastic bag and gradually returned to the abdomen over the next few days, followed by surgical closure of the abdomen. ...Read more

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Is gastrochesis fatal?

Occasionally: Very rarely the intestines are so badly damaged, or infection sets in that can cause patients with gastroschisis to die. ...Read more

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Gastroschisis may be detected by 18 weeks?

Gastroschisis may be detected by 18 weeks?

Sure - even by 14 wk: Experienced centers and physicians/sonographers can detect fetal gastroschisis by 13-14 weeks. This is typically a fetal anomaly for teenage first-time mothers and may have to do with environmental toxic exposures (organophosphates from fruit/vegetable spraying, cocaine, amphetamines, adderall, (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) nsaids etc). ...Read more