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Can you have omphaloceles in other places beside the belly?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree
In brief: Definitions matter
Omphalos= umbilical cord Coel= cavity The word means there is a cavity within the umbilical cord.
The word is a combination of 2 root words and is applied to a situation where abdominal contents are abnormally present within the cord, at its base as it attached to the baby's body.Since the umbilical cord is only found in one site, that's the only place you can have one.

In brief: Definitions matter
Omphalos= umbilical cord Coel= cavity The word means there is a cavity within the umbilical cord.
The word is a combination of 2 root words and is applied to a situation where abdominal contents are abnormally present within the cord, at its base as it attached to the baby's body.Since the umbilical cord is only found in one site, that's the only place you can have one.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: Other anomalies, yes
Omphalocele is an anterior wall defect, like a herniation.
In over half the cases, there are other anomalies including chromosome abnormalities. Ultrasound suggesting omphalocele should be repeated by the most expert physician in the area. If it is confirmed, genetic counselling and/or consult + us scan by maternal-fetal medicine specialist are also recommended. It's best if the visits occur asap.

In brief: Other anomalies, yes
Omphalocele is an anterior wall defect, like a herniation.
In over half the cases, there are other anomalies including chromosome abnormalities. Ultrasound suggesting omphalocele should be repeated by the most expert physician in the area. If it is confirmed, genetic counselling and/or consult + us scan by maternal-fetal medicine specialist are also recommended. It's best if the visits occur asap.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Danielle Jones
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
An omphalocele is a defect in the development of muscles of the abdominal wall causing some of the internal organs to be herniated into the base of umbilical cord.
The sac is covered with peritoneum without overlying skin. Associated anomalies in other organs are not infrequent.

In brief: No
An omphalocele is a defect in the development of muscles of the abdominal wall causing some of the internal organs to be herniated into the base of umbilical cord.
The sac is covered with peritoneum without overlying skin. Associated anomalies in other organs are not infrequent.
Danielle Jones
Danielle Jones
Answer assisted by Danielle Jones, Medical Student
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