In general, no. It can be associated with certain genetic disorders but often no cause is found. It occurs are 10 weeks of gestation when the intestines returnto the belly from their position in the umbilical cord where they grew in size. Then, the belly wall closes if that fails to occur, an omphalocele occurs. Many pts have other problems as the heart, anus, bladder, chest wall are developing at the same time.
Unknown. The cause of omphalocele is not known.
Omphalocele is seen . In many different genetic conditions, including beckwith-wiedemann syndrome & some trisomies. A geneticist looks at the physical features of the baby & does either a microarray or specific tests. Drugs that constrict blood vessels in mom, placenta & fetus (eg., Pseudoephedrine or Cocaine & methamphetamine) during the first 12 weeks after conceiving increase the risk of abdominal wall defects.