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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 normal lives.

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