Conditions + Treatments

Gastroschisis in Children

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Contact the Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation (CAIR)

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What is gastroschisis?

Gastroschisis is a condition affecting newborns in which an opening in the abdominal wall fails to close during fetal development. Gastroschisis occurs in about 1 in every 5,000 births. It is considered to be a birth defect but the exact cause is unknown.

Children with gastroschisis are often recognized prenatally and their families can receive counseling and education through consultation in the Advanced Fetal Care Center. Some children with gastroschisis will require longterm care for management of difficulties with their intestinal tract. The Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation (CAIR) at Boston Children's Hospital cares for these patients. The CAIR team actively participates in research focused on the treatment and understanding of gastroschisis and has made major contributions to the field. CAIR has developed a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, dietitians and others to utilize the best medical and surgical treatments available for patients with gastroschisis and other intestinal problems.

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