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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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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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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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How common is omphalocele in children?

How common is omphalocele in children?

Uncommon: The overall incidence of omphalocele has been cited as 1 per 5, 000 live births. ...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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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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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 is the definition or description of: Omphalocele?

What is the definition or description of: Omphalocele?

Omphalocele: 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 and neural tube defect. ...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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My friends baby has omphalocele. What are the odds the baby will live?

My friends baby has omphalocele. What are the odds the baby will live?

Difficult to answer: I cannot tell you. there are small omphaloceles that are essentially a big umbilical hernia. However, many have other problems as it forms at the same time as the heart and other structures such as the rectum/anus, bladder, vagina, etc. If the defect is large, the baby might also have breathing issues. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a baby's survival if he or she has an omphalocele?

What are the chances of a baby's survival if he or she has an omphalocele?

Good: survival is good if there is only isolated omphalocele. having said that, omphalocele is associated with other major defect about 30% of the time. good prenatal ultrasound should rule them out. ...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 are their any alternatives to surgery for omphalocele?

What are their any alternatives to surgery for omphalocele?

Depends: a lot depends on the size of the omphalocele. the larger it is(the defect) the more organs it will contain. small ones can be closed easily like a hernia. larger ones may need to be closed gardually via several operations spanning many months. the most significant issue is if there are there any associated birth defects. these defect ocurr about 30% of the time and can affect the heart, brain, etc ...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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Are there non-surgical methods to treat omphalocele?

Are there non-surgical methods to treat omphalocele?

Temporarily: In patients born with giant omphaloceles, typically containing the liver and a good portion of the intestines, immediate fascial closure is not an option because of the absence of a peritoneal cavity. In these circumstances, the omphalocele sac can be treated with scarifying agents until the baby has grown enough (commonly, years) & developed an adequate peritoneal cavity for fascial repair. ...Read more

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Are there any natural methods of preventing an omphalocele?

Are there any natural methods of preventing an omphalocele?

None Known: An omphalocele is a birth defect occuring prior to birth. The triggers are unknown asis prevention. So no. ...Read more

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What's omphalocele or gastroschesis?

What's  omphalocele or gastroschesis?

Abdominal wall defects: Omphalocele is an abdominal wall defect through the umbilical ring and cord, usually contained within the amniotic sac. Gastroschisis is an abdominal wall defect usually right of the umbilical ring and cord without any sac. ...Read more

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