Omphalocele is a type of abdominal wall defect in which the bowel, liver and other abdominal organs protrude out of the abdomen and into the base of the umbilical cord, covered by a clear, thin membrane or sac. Surgical repair is performed primarily in stages. At CHOP, babies with omphalocele are born in the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit and have access to long-term follow-up care through our multidisciplinary Pulmonary Hypoplasia Program.
CHOP’s Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment offers an unmatched level of care for babies with prenatally diagnosed birth defects. Our team is among the most experienced in the world, and includes pioneers in fetal medicine. Learn about our expertise and approach to care, and why that means better outcomes for your baby.