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Can you tell during the pregnancy if your child will have omphalocele?
16 doctors weighed in

Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
7 doctors agree
In brief: Ultrasound might
An abdominal wall defect like omphalocele might be suspected or detected during a routine ultrasound.
If so, it is important for the pregnant woman to have an immediate referral to perinatologist for detailed imaging to confirm it and to look for other birth defects which can occur. The maternal-fetal medicine (mfm) subspecialist can also provide counseling and discuss other testing.

In brief: Ultrasound might
An abdominal wall defect like omphalocele might be suspected or detected during a routine ultrasound.
If so, it is important for the pregnant woman to have an immediate referral to perinatologist for detailed imaging to confirm it and to look for other birth defects which can occur. The maternal-fetal medicine (mfm) subspecialist can also provide counseling and discuss other testing.
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Dr. Janet Meller
Surgery - Pediatric
5 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Omphalocele can be diagnosed with a prenatal ultrasound.

In brief: Depends
Omphalocele can be diagnosed with a prenatal ultrasound.
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Dr. Frazier Frantz
Surgery - Pediatric
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
During development, the growing intestines herniate out through the umbilicus & eventually return to the peritoneal cavity during the 1st trimester. The failure of these intestines to return results in omphalocele.
If this finding is present on routine screening ultrasound at 20 weeks gestation, the child will be born with omphalocele.

In brief: Yes
During development, the growing intestines herniate out through the umbilicus & eventually return to the peritoneal cavity during the 1st trimester. The failure of these intestines to return results in omphalocele.
If this finding is present on routine screening ultrasound at 20 weeks gestation, the child will be born with omphalocele.
Dr. Frazier Frantz
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Omphalocoele is a genetic defect and the best way to determine its presence is with a detailed fetal ultrasound.
If you have concerns about this it is best to bring it up with your obstetrician.

In brief: Yes
Omphalocoele is a genetic defect and the best way to determine its presence is with a detailed fetal ultrasound.
If you have concerns about this it is best to bring it up with your obstetrician.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
It is a structural defect and not necessarily a genetic defect.
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