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Gastroschisis

Gastroschisis is a birth defect of the abdominal (belly) wall. The baby’s intestines are found outside of the baby’s body, exiting through a hole beside the belly button. The hole can be small or large and sometimes other organs, such as the stomach and liver, can also be found outside of the baby’s body.

Gastroschisis occurs early during pregnancy when the muscles that make up the baby’s abdominal wall do not form correctly. This causes a hole typically to the right of the belly button, and allows the intestines and other organs to extend outside of the body. Because the intestines are not covered in a protective sac and are exposed to the amniotic fluid, the intestines can become irritated, causing them to shorten, twist, or swell. Read more about Gastroschisis.

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The low frequency of individual births defects means that most county level measures are suppressed due to counts of 5 or less.

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  • The Prevalence per 10K Live Births is the number of live-born infants diagnosed with the selected birth defect per 10,000 live births during the stated five year period.

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