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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 34-36

A report on omphalocele and associated congenital deformity with intrauterine death: Need for early diagnosis

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

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Utkarsh Gupta
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, Jharkhand
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DOI: 10.4103/ijsr.Int_J_Stud_Res_5_16

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Omphalocele, a type of anterior abdominal wall defect, is a rare congenital deformity that is infrequently reported, which leads to the emergence of interventions that could be carried out for a better holistic management, for the baby, mother, and the family. We report a case of single dead fetus of 24 weeks gestational age delivered by a 25-year-old primigravida. On examination, it was observed and diagnosed that the baby presented with extrusion of multiple abdominal organs through a midline breach in the continuity of anterior abdominal wall suggesting it to be a case of omphalocele. It had other associated congenital deformities. Of all the investigations, ultrasonographic assessment of fetal structure and well-being is most reliable along with other investigations like genetic screening. The lack in the proper antenatal examination and infrequent routine checkups leads to a large proportion of undiagnosed cases. Proper diagnostic measures and awareness will bring a marked reduction in perinatal morbidity and mortality and avoidance of stigma faced by the patients.

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