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Gastroschisis is a birth defect in which an infant's intestines stick out of the body through a defect on one side of the umbilical cord.
See also: Gastroschisis repair
Gastroschisis is a type of hernia. Hernia means "rupture.” Babies with this condition have a hole in the abdominal wall. The child's intestines usually stick out (protrude) through the hole.
The condition looks similar to an omphalocele. An omphalocele, however, is a birth defect in which the infant's intestine or other abdominal organs stick out of the belly button area and are covered with a membrane.
Other related birth defects are rare in patients with gastroschisis.
Ledbetter DJ. Gastroschisis and omphalocele. Surg Clin N Am. 2006;86:249-260.
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