Gastroschisis is a birth defect in which the baby's intestines extend outside of the body through a hole next to the belly button. The size of the hole is variable and other organs such as stomach and liver may also occur outside the babies body


Feeding problems, prematurity
Intrauterine growth retardation


Immune system
Immune system


  • Intestines extend outside of the body through a hole next to the belly button


  • Treatment involves surgery. This typically occurs shortly after birth. In those with large defects the exposed organs may be covered with a special material and slowly moved back into the abdomen
  • Specialist who treat it

    Gastro-enterologic Surgery Gastroenterology Hematology

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    I'm 25 years old and was born with Gastroschisis, it's been a long road.. I have two beautiful healthy boys that doctors told me I wouldn't be able to have. 
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    My daughter Cambrie was born with Gastroschisis. We found out at a 20 week ultrasound. She was born at 31 weeks on December 6, 2015. We are lucky she was because her bowels had twisted and had started to cut off blood supply. She spent 3 months in th...
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    I'l a 30 year old mom of 2 children. My second daughter was born in 2015 with gastroschisis. She was born at 35weeks and 6 says. After the birth she went into surgery, full closure of the tummy. No difficults and now a busy toddler!
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    Found out my son had severe gastroschisis with everything outside of his body (bladder, liver, small and large intestines, etc). He was born at 30 weeks 6 days due to IUGR. He is currently in the NICU now and will have a long fight but we are optimis...
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    My daughter Leona was born september 2012. We were 30 weeks and gastroshisis was diagnosed by ultrasound. Till that day, my pregnancy was normal. She was 910g and 37cm. She had 3 surgery. We spend 6 months on NICU. 

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