Omphalocele

What We Treat

Fetal omphalocele and other abnormalities

An omphalocele is a birth defect in which the abdomen does not close properly, allowing some of the infant’s organs, such as the stomach, liver and intestine, to protrude outside the fetus. This is similar to gastroschisis, except the organs are contained in a membrane rather than floating in the amniotic fluid.

An omphalocele can be diagnosed in the second trimester of pregnancy. In some cases, other defects are present, such as chromosomal abnormalities. The Children’s staff includes specialists experienced in treating these and other conditions. Outcomes depend on the size of the omphalocele and if other abnormalities are present. In more than 50 percent of cases of omphalacele, other defects are present, such as cardiac, endocrine, chromosomal and anorectal abnormalities. As a comprehensive, pediatric hospital, Children’s has the expert medical staff and support staff to care for babies with multiple abnormalities.

Learn more about the symptoms, causes and treatment of omphalocele.