|Gastroschisis and Omphalocele|
Gastroschisis is a defect in the abdominal wall, usually to the right of the umbilical cord, through which the large and small intestines protrude (although other organs may sometimes bulge out). There is no overlying sac covering the exposed organs in gastroschisis and the size of the defect is usually less than 4 centimetres.
Omphalocele is an opening in the center of the abdominal wall where the umbilical cord meets the abdomen. Organs (typically the intestines, stomach, and liver) protrude through the opening into the umbilical cord and are covered by the same protective membrane that covers the umbilical cord. With omphalocele the defect is usually much larger than in gastroschisis.