Gastroschisis (gas-tro-SKEE-sis) is a birth
defect of the abdominal wall that causes part of a baby's intestines to stick
out of the body.
More to Know
Gastroschisis is a
type of hernia or rupture, that
develops in a baby's belly wall before birth. The rupture happens just to the right
of the umbilical cord. The rupture can be small, causing a lump in the belly, or large,
causing the intestines and
parts of other organs to stick out from the body.
Doctors can see a baby has gastroschisis at birth. They treat
it with surgery to put the organs back into the body.
Keep in Mind
Gastroschisis is a serious medical condition that can keep a newborn in the hospital
for a while. Most babies with gastroschisis recover after treatment and go on to have
a healthy life.
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