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Exomphalos


Exomphalos
Exomphalos


Exomphalos, sometimes called Omphalocele occurs when the abdomen fails to close around the base of the umbilical cord during the early development of the baby.

The size of the Exomphalos depends on the number of organs exposed. This is usually the bowel but may include the liver and other organs.

The sac containing the exposed organs is usually covered in a protective membrane. The abdominal cavity is sometimes smaller in Exomphalos children due to the organs growing externally. In about 30% of cases Exomphalos occurs in conjunction with other birth defects.