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Is gastrochesis fatal?

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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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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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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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

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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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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