Gastroschisis is a birth defect that creates a gap in the muscles and skin of the abdominal wall. Intestines can push through the gap to the outside of the body. A gastroschisis tends to occur to the right of the belly button.
A gastroschisis may be small and only involve a section of intestines or be large and involve other abdominal organs. It may be associated with intestinal atresia.
Normal Anatomy of the Abdominal Organs
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