What is it?

Omphalocele is a congenital condition characterized by the herniation of the intestine through a defect in the abdominal region. This defect is usually larger than 4 cm, and is covered by the peritoneum (membrane). This defect is caused by a problem in the return of the midgut from the umbilical cord back to the abdominal cavity, a process that should occur until the 12th week of pregnancy, so that the organs pass through the hernia through the cord. 50% of babies born with an omphalocele will suffer from other congenital defects. It may be part of syndromes such as Beckwith Wiedemann, trisomy 18, and trisomy 13 or accompanied by heart defects, bladder defects, and neural tube defects.

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The diagnosis is usually made already during pregnancy with a prenatal US. Also, alpha-phytoprotein levels during pregnancy may be higher than normal.


The treatment is surgical. The surgeon puts the bowel back and close the defect.

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