Posted by: Andy | 2004/10/11


7 months pregnant - complications

I am 7 months pregnant and have had my first sonar on Friday. No medical aid and having check ups at a government institution. During this scan, I found out that the baby's abdominal area has not closed completely and some of the organs are on the outside of the body. What I would like to know, is how common is this and what are the complications if any from this kind of problem? I have had a discussion with the doctor. I would also like to know what websites if any I can go to, to read more about this.

Expert's Reply



There are two types of problems assciated with non-closure of the abdominal wall. Gastroschisis (where the bowel contents are not covered by a membrane) and omphalocele (where it is covered by a membrane). There are many different degrees of both these conditions. My advice would be to discuss it in detail with the doctor who did the sonar and request to discuss the best future course with the obstetrician, the neonatologist and the paediatric surgeon present. You may look under the terms mentioned on the internet, but getting information that is not related to your child may be unnecessarily disturbing.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/10/12

You should post your question to gynaedoc as well.

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