Sometimes babies are born with organs that are outside the body.
With omphalocele (say "ahm-FAL-oh-seel"), the intestines and sometimes other organs sit outside the belly in a sac at the base of the belly button.
With gastroschisis (say "gas-TRAWS-kih-sis"), the intestines stick out through a hole in the wall of the belly near the umbilical cord.
These are congenital conditions. This means your baby was born with them. Your baby may have been born with other problems too. Your doctor will address all your baby's problems in a treatment plan.
Your baby will need special care, such as being in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). This may be scary for you. But the hospital staff understands this. They will explain what happens and will answer your questions.
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Current as of: March 28, 2018
Thomas M. Bailey, MD, CCFP - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Jennifer Merchant, MD - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
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