Case contributed by Dr Yusra Sheikh


2nd trimester antenatal ultrasound demonstrated herniated bowel loops floating in the amniotic fluid.

Patient Data

Age: Newborn
Gender: Male

There is herniation of small bowel loops through a right paraumbilical abdominal wall defect. Air is seen in the stomach. There is no solid organ herniation evident.

Case Discussion

Gastroschisis refers to extra-abdominal herniation (evisceration) of fetal or neonatal bowel loops (and occasionally portions of the stomach and or liver) into the amniotic cavity through a para-umbilical abdominal wall defect.  

Unlike omphalocoeles (herniation through the base of the umbilical cord and are surrounded by amniotic membrane), associated anomalies are rare in gastroschisis.

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Case information

rID: 44736
Published: 3rd May 2016
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
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