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The incidence of gastroschisis

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:250
  1. Mark D Kilby, professor of maternal and fetal medicine (
  1. Department of Fetal Medicine, Division of Reproduction and Child Health, Birmingham Women's Hospital, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TG

    Is increasing in the UK, particularly among babies of young mothers

    Gastroschisis is the evisceration of the fetal intestine through a defect in the paraumbilical anterior abdominal wall with herniation of gastrointestinal structures into the amniotic cavity. Babies born with this condition are more likely to be born prematurely and to have had poor fetal growth. The anomaly requires immediate postnatal surgery, which has a good outcome in more than 90% of cases.1 It is a distressing condition for parents, however, and often requires a prolonged stay in a paediatric unit.

    Ten years ago our group reported in the BMJ that the national system for notifying congenital malformations (collated by the Office for Population and Census Surveys, now called the Office for National Statistics, ONS) showed an …

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