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 the abdominal wall while the baby is still a fetus. The
rupture occurs next to the umbilical cord, usually just to the right. The rupture
can be small, causing a lump in the belly, or large, in which case the intestines
and parts of other organs may protrude from the body.
Gastroschisis is apparent at birth and is treated 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 lead
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