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- n. A hernia of the navel
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- n. A hernia at the navel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, a rupture at the navel; umbilical hernia.
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- n. protrusion of the intestine and omentum through a hernia in the abdominal wall near the navel; usually self correcting after birth
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An omphalocele is a birth defect that causes the abdominal organs to herniate or protrude into the base of the fetus's umbilical cord.
When a giant omphalocele is present, the majority of the liver protrudes into the umbilical cord.
After birth, the exposed abdominal organs are returned to the abdominal cavity and the omphalocele is closed during a surgical procedure, called a primary repair.
View larger image » An omphalocele is a birth defect known as a ventral wall defect, which involves the abdominal (belly) area of the fetus.
The diagnosis of omphalocele is usually made by ultrasound, in many cases following an elevated second trimester maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein test.
If the omphalocele is small and does not involve the liver, the baby may be delivered vaginally.
Once the organs have been returned to the abdominal cavity, the omphalocele is closed surgically.
A giant omphalocele is seen in approximately 1 in 10,000 births and occurs when the majority of the liver protrudes into the umbilical cord.
If the omphalocele is small and does not involve the liver, a vaginal delivery might be possible.
Once the organs are returned to the abdomen, the omphalocele is closed surgically.