Conditions + Treatments

Gastroschisis in Children

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What is gastroschisis?

Gastroschisis is an opening in the abdominal wall that appears during fetal development. It is considered to be a birth defect.

Gastroschisis occurs in about 1 in every 5,000 births.

Children's Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation team actively participates in research focused on the treatment and understanding of gastroschisis and has made major contributions to the field. Children's doctors developed the serial transverse enteroplasty (STEP) procedure, a surgical technique developed that has been used on patients with gastroschisis.

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