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Why Did My Baby Get 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 ...Read more
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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