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WARREN ALPERT MEDICAL SCHOOL OF BROWN UNIVERSITY

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Abdominal Wall Defects:
Gastroschisis and Omphalocele

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Below are a few Images of infants with gastroschisis and omphalocele. As the Images are meant to illustrate these medical conditions, they are graphic in nature and may not be suitable for viewing by everyone. If you have any concerns or questions, you can always contact us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newborn with gastroschisis (note the exteriorized intestinal loops). Primary repair could be performed on the first day of life

 

Similar patient as the one above. The loops of intestines appear normal, and the infant was able to feed normally within 2 weeks of life.

 

Omphalocele. Note that the umbilical cord (upper right corner) attaches to the "sac", which surrounds the intestines.

 

Omphalocele. Close-up of the loops of intestine inside the sac.

 

Giant omphalocele containing most of the liver

 

Same patient as above (giant omphalocele), at seven months of life. There is still "too much skin," but this is expected to improve over time.

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