Is a gastroschisis or omphalocele the same?

No. Gastroschisis is an abdominal wall defect to the right of the umbilicus. The bowel is exposed to the amniotic fluid and gets chemically irritated. Usually only small and/or large bowel are exposed. Omphalocele is a hernia of the umbilical cord. The defect is usually larger and may have bowel and liver in the sac. There can other defects associated with omphalos.
No. Omphalocele is an abdominal wall defect through the umbilical ring. Gastroschisis is an abdominal wall defect that usually occur to the right of the umbilical cord/umbilical ring. Omphalocele usually has an amniotic sac, gastroschisis does not. Omphalocele has a higher association with other congenital anomalies compared to gastroschisis.

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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...

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...

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...

Can an ultrasound detect gastroschisis or an omphalocele?

Ultrasound. most of the times diagnosis is made prenatally, few times it is difficult to differentiate between the two based on ultrasound. Read more...
Depends. The ability to find things on an ultrasound is often dependent on the type of equipment and the skills of the sonographer. In some settings they don't look for more than the BPD or head size to verify timing of pregnancy. If the study is done for prenatal diagnosis it is more detailed & should pick it up. Read more...