What is Omphalocele?

Omphalocele is a congenital (present at birth) defect of the abdominal wall at the base of the umbilical cord. A sac containing abdominal organs protrudes through the defect to the outside of the body. The sac may be small and contain only portions of the bowel, or be large and contain most of the abdominal organs including the stomach, liver, and all of the intestines. Omphalocele is frequently associated with other defects such as imperforate (having no opening) anus, urinary problems, heart problems, and genetic defects. Omphalocele is a life-threatening problem requiring immediate treatment.

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