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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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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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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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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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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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Can you tell me about delivering a baby that had a large omphalocele?

Can you tell me about delivering a baby that had a large omphalocele?

Plan ahead: These infants do best if delivered by c/section in a hospital with neonatal ICU capabilities and neonatologists/pediatric surgeons ready for the delivery. Stabilization of the infants airway and IV access ; ng tube are placed as soon after birth as possible and the specialists begin planning for repair. Early transfer to a capable hospital is needed if outborn or at a smaller facility. ...Read more

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Ultrasound showed a baby that had a large omphalocele. What is risk?

Ultrasound showed a baby that had a large omphalocele. What is risk?

Cesarean section.: Omphaloceles have a 30-40% risk of serious or lethal fetal chromosome anomalies (especially the smaller ones). Giant fetal omphaloceles can cause hydrops and preterm delivery that should be via cesarean section if the extruded liver is >5 cm in size to avoid exsanguination at birth from liver laceration. After "paint-and-wait" stay in the nicu most babies do well if no chromosome problems exist. ...Read more

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My baby has omphalocele I have denied amino I am 30 . I believe my baby will be 100 percent healthy but doctors in Trinidad never did the procedure. ?

My baby has omphalocele I have denied amino I am 30 . I believe my baby will be 100 percent healthy but doctors in Trinidad never did the procedure. ?

Serious condition : Omphalocele is a serious condition that requires the expertise of a skilled pediatric surgical team and pediatric intensive care unit. You should make sure these resources are available at birth to give your child the best chance of survival. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My baby has an omphalocele and I am awaiting chromosome test results. I'm very scared and would like to know the odds of having serious birth defects?

My baby has an omphalocele and I am awaiting chromosome test results. I'm very scared and would like to know the odds of having serious birth defects?

Usually obvious: Omphalocoel can occur as an isolated defect or as part of a complex series of problems, including a chromosome defect.Although defects can be silent, like abnormal kidneys or heart problems, most that occur with chromosome defects are dramatic, like abnormalities of facial, hand,feed and genital structures. ...Read more

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