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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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