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Pediatric Omphalocele

What is an omphalocele?

An omphalocele is a birth defect, which is an abnormality that occurs before birth as a fetus is forming in its mother's uterus. Some of the abdominal organs protrude through an opening in the abdominal muscles in the area of the umbilical cord. A translucent membrane covers the protruding organs.

The omphalocele may be small, with only a portion of the intestine protruding outside the abdominal cavity, or large, with most of the abdominal organs (including intestine, liver, and spleen) present outside the abdominal cavity. Further, the abdominal cavity itself may be small due to underdevelopment during pregnancy.

Prevention and Risk Assessment

  • What causes an omphalocele?
  • Why is an omphalocele a concern?

Diagnosis

  • How is an omphalocele diagnosed?

Treatments

  • What is the treatment for an omphalocele?
  • What is the long-term outlook for a baby born with an omphalocele?
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Jeffrey Lukish M.D.

Jeffrey Lukish

Pediatric Surgeon
Associate Professor, Surgery and Pediatrics
Marshall Summar

Marshall Summar

Division Chief, Genetics and Metabolism
Director, Rare Disease Institute
Departments

Departments

General and Thoracic Surgery

The pediatric surgical experts at Children’s National in Washington, D.C., provide advanced, comprehensive surgical care for infants, children and teenagers.

Neonatology

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Rare Disease Institute

Children’s National Rare Disease Institute (CNRDI) is a first-of-its-kind center focused exclusively on advancing the care and treatment of children and adults with rare genetic diseases.

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