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What symptoms suggest omphalocele?

What symptoms suggest omphalocele?

Omphalocele: There are usually no maternal symptoms of a fetal omphalocele. One sign may be an elevation of the alpha-fetal protein (AFP) concentration in maternal blood. AFP is used as a screening test in the midtrimester for neural tube defects. The presence of an omphalocele can also elevate the afp. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Kim
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Omphalocele (Definition)

An omphalocele is a birth defect in the wall of the abdomen allowing the protrusion of intestine, liver, ...Read more


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Is there any teratogenic cause of omphalocele?

Is there any teratogenic cause of omphalocele?

Unsure: Omphalocele is a failure of the return of the midgut from the yolk sac to the abdomen before 10 weeks of gestation. It can be associated with other malformations and syndromes. Best to ask the neonatologist and/or a geneticist for each individual case. The intestines are involved in 1/5000 births, with liver and intestines occurring in 1/10000 births. Immediate surgical repair is required. ...Read more

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I have minimum omphalocele bit is hurt wen a touch?

I have minimum omphalocele bit is hurt wen a touch?

Umbilical hernia?: I'm guessing you have an umbilical hernia, not an omphalocele, as the latter is a defect that requires fixing at birth. If it is bulging and tender to the touch you should be evaluated in person to make sure you don't have intestine stuck, or incarcerated, in the hernia. This can require surgery. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an omphalocele?

What are the symptoms of an omphalocele?

Abdominal wall defec: Omphalocele is a central abdominal wall defect that results from abdominal contents herniating into the base of the umbilical cord. If the defct is small there may be only intestine in the defect. If it is large it can contain intestine and liver. May be associated with other midline defects. ...Read more

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How does a baby get omphalocele? Did I do something wrong?

How does a baby get omphalocele? Did I do something wrong?

Born with it: It is rare and the cause is unknown. It occurs in about 1:4500-5000 live births. There is no known cause between how the mother does during the pregnancy and the occurence of omphalocele. ...Read more

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Why did my baby get omphalocele?

Why did my baby get omphalocele?

Unsure : this abdominal defect is not a frequent occurrence, about one:4000 live births. It is associated with other birth defects such as heart, brain, or kidney. ...Read more

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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 do I need to know about baby with omphalocele?

What do I need to know about baby with omphalocele?

See perinatologist: A baby with an omphalocele can have many associated issues, including cardiac, chromosomal, lung, or other additional problems. The key is to be evaluated by a perinatologist, and have a fetal MRI and a cardiac echo. This will allow you to better understand if and what additional issues may be present. Then, meet with a pediatric surgeon and cardiac surgeon if echo abnormal. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are any alternatives to surgery for omphalocele?

Can you tell me if there are any alternatives to surgery for omphalocele?

No: Unfortunately, there are no other real alternatives. The bowel needs to be placed back in abdomen, slowly (depending on how much is outside) and the defect has to closed primarily (ie surgery). ...Read more

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