A type of defect in the abdominal wall in which organs, such as the bowel, stomach, or liver, are encased in a sac through the naval and outside of the body.

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# Cared For
2004-2013: 51
Average Stay
31.9 days
Overall Survival


  • Feeding problems
  • Infection
  • Associated abnormalities

Criteria for discharge

  • Recovery from surgical closure of the abdomen
  • Tolerating feedings
  • Gaining weight

Common Questions

What are the problems that are sometimes associated with an omphalocele?

Genetic abnormalities and heart defects are the most common  problems associated with an omphalocele.

Will my baby be able to breastfeed?

When your baby is eligible to start feedings into his or her GI tract, expressed breast milk will be the best source of nutrition to provide.  Eventually when your baby starts to feed orally, both breast and bottle are options.