More babies are born with external organs today than before. What is Gastroschisis and what is its cause?
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Stories: Living With Gastroschisis
“Gastroschisis is a birth defect of the abdominal (belly) wall. The baby’s intestines stick outside of the baby’s body, through a hole beside the belly button. To learn what it’s like to live with this condition or how families are affected, read these real stories from people living with gastroschisis.”
Increasing Prevalence of Gastroschisis – 14 States, 1995-2012
“Gastroschisis is a serious congenital defect in which the intestines protrude through an opening in the abdominal wall. Gastroschisis requires surgical repair soon after birth and is associated with an increased risk for medical complications and mortality during infancy. Reports from multiple surveillance systems worldwide have documented increasing prevalence of gastroschisis since the 1980s, particularly among younger mothers”
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