An omphalocele is a birth defect in which a baby’s abdominal organs protrude outside of the body through his or her navel and are covered by a membrane. The condition results from improper development of the baby’s abdominal muscles during fetal growth.

The number of organs that stick out depends on the severity of the omphalocele.

To repair an omphalocele, a surgeon will try to move the baby’s organs inside the abdomen and will cover the hole in the muscles with a patch of synthetic material. In some cases, the organs will not fit inside the abdomen. The surgeon will

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