What is Gastroschisis?
Gastroschisis is a birth defect in which the baby’s intestines are outside the body due to a hole next to the umbilical cord. The hole is in the abdominal wall, and is usually to the right of the navel. This isn’t uncommon in newborns, and it’s detected shortly after birth.
Can a Baby Die From Gastroschisis?
Fortunately, the survival rate of babies with gastroschisis is quite high. The majority of these babies can be successfully treated, and will grow into healthy children and adults. However, the chances of death are increased due to potential complications. Some potential risks associated with the condition include:
The most significant risk factor associated with gastroschisis is infection, as the intestine is exposed to the outside environment. It is possible for bacteria to enter the body and cause severe infections, leading to sepsis and even death.
The baby’s intestines may be too damaged or immature to absorb water or nutrients. If the baby is not able to get enough fluids, they are at risk of dehydration and related complications. It is important that the baby is monitored closely and treated for any dehydration.
In some cases of gastroschisis, the intestine may be so damaged or distorted that it is no longer able to function. If this occurs, the baby may require surgery or other treatments.
Other complications may arise due to the condition, such as malnourishment, breathing difficulties, and other issues related to the intestine or abdomen. These can also put the baby at risk of death.
In conclusion, the overall risk of death from gastroschisis is low. However, there are potential risks that need to be monitored and managed in order to ensure the health of the baby. With proper medical care, most babies with gastroschisis can go on to lead healthy lives.