Gastroschisis

Gastroschisis

Gastroschisis is a rare condition that develops between weeks 8-11 of pregnancy. It consists of a defect in the abdominal wall to the right of the navel. The size of the defect may vary. Due to this defect, abdominal organs bulge outwards and lie freely in the uterus or on the abdomen after birth. The large and small bowel, spleen, stomach and sometimes the liver are involved. Because the intestines are outside the abdomen, they can become irritated and thickened.