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Doctor insights on: Gastroschisis Vs Omphalocele

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Is a gastroschisis or omphalocele the same?

Is  a gastroschisis or omphalocele the same?

No: Gastroschisis is an abdominal wall defect to the right of the umbilicus. The bowel is exposed to the amniotic fluid and gets chemically irritated. Usually only small and/or large bowel are exposed. Omphalocele is a hernia of the umbilical cord. The defect is usually larger and may have bowel and liver in the sac. There can other defects associated with omphalos. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Kim
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Omphalocele (Definition)

Omphalocele is a birth defect of the abdominal (belly) wall. The infant’s intestines, liver, or other organs may stick outside of the belly through the belly button. The organs are covered in a thin, nearly transparent sac that hardly ever is open or broken. It is associated with a high rate of mortality and severe malformations, such as cardiac anomalies ...Read more


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Which is worse: gastroschisis or an omphalocele?

Which is worse: gastroschisis or an omphalocele?

Comparison: Omphalocele is usually associated with other congenital problems. like heart or genetics defects which affect long term outcome. Gastroschisis is not associated with other problems, but it could be challenging for surgical repair and gut function afterwards ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of gastroschisis and an omphalocele?

What is the prognosis of gastroschisis and an omphalocele?

Good: gastroschisis without intestinal injury is 100% survivable. Omphalocele on the other hand is associated with major heart and CNS defects that may prove quite significant. ...Read more

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What is the difference between gastroschisis and omphalocele?

What is the difference between gastroschisis and omphalocele?

Defects: Both are abdominal wall defects. Gastroschisis occurs to right of umbilicus and has extruded bowel that in uncovered. Omphalocele is a herniation of abdominal contents in the base of the umbilical cord so the contents are covered. Omphalocele is associated with other congenital defects while gastroschisis is not. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of an omphalocele and of gastroschisis?

It Depends: Both require surgery. In general the prognosis for gastroschisis is better than for omphalocele. The reason is that omphaloceles can be associated with other congenital malformations. The most significant of which are problems with the formation of the heart. Many infants, but not all, with gastroschisis will require intravenous nutrition for the first month of life but then go on to thrive. ...Read more

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Whats the difference of omphalocele and gastroschisis?

Whats the difference of omphalocele and gastroschisis?

There are many: There are many differences. Omphalocele is a defect at the umbilical ring, usually has an amniotic sac covering the organs, and can be associated with many other congenital anomalies. Gastroschisis is usually a defect on the right of the umbilical cord, does not have a sac, and usually not associated with many congenital anomalies. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an omphalocele and gastroschisis?

What is the difference between an omphalocele and gastroschisis?

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. ...Read more

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Can an ultrasound detect gastroschisis or an omphalocele?

Can an ultrasound detect gastroschisis or an omphalocele?

Ultrasound: most of the times diagnosis is made prenatally, few times it is difficult to differentiate between the two based on ultrasound ...Read more