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How does a baby get omphalocele? Did I do something wrong?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Troy Reyna
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Dr. Charles Vinocur
Surgery - Pediatric
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Charles Vinocur
Dr. Charles Vinocur
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Dr. Stephen Kim
Surgery - Pediatric
2 doctors agree

In brief: Unknown

The cause of omphalocele is not known.

In brief: Unknown

The cause of omphalocele is not known.
Dr. Stephen Kim
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Charles Vinocur
In general, you did NOT cause it unless the fetus was exposed to harmful substances. THe syndromes are usually random as well
Dr. Johanna Fricke
The assoc. syndromes are genetic accidents, but there's no shame or blame even if they were inheritable.
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