What is the role of ultrasonography in the diagnosis of pediatric omphalocele and gastroschisis (abdominal wall defects)?

Updated: Nov 05, 2019
  • Author: James G Glasser, MD, MA, FACS; Chief Editor: Dharmendra J Nimavat, MD, FAAP  more...
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With the increased availability of ultrasonography, a prenatal diagnosis is made more frequently.

When an omphalocele is diagnosed, further workup is indicated to determine whether a genetic abnormality is present.

When gastroschisis is diagnosed, serial ultrasonography should be performed to detect signs of intestinal injury, including decreased peristalsis or bowel distention.


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