Omphalocele - Consumer Justice Foundation


Written by Faith Anderson on June 21, 2011
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Omphalocele Symptoms

Depending on the size of the defect, omphalocele can cause the protrusion of one or more of the following organs:

  • Stomach
  • Small intestines
  • Large intestines
  • Spleen
  • Liver
  • Bladder
  • Ovaries
  • Uterus

The exposed organs may be covered in a layer of thin cutaneous tissue that may tear or rupture during delivery creating serious complications during childbirth.

Omphalocele Treatment

Omphalocele is commonly diagnosed in utero and birthing plans for affected babies usually involve a team of specialists to aid with delivery. A maternal-fetal medicine expert, a neonatologist and a pediatric surgeon are called upon to care for the infant before, during and after birth. Babies with omphalocele will require reconstructive surgery of the affected area shortly after being born. The surgical procedure involves placing an artificial piece of material over the opening in order to protect the exposed internal organs and encourage their return to the abdominal cavity. Once the organs move back into place, the material can be removed and plastic surgical procedures can be done to improve the appearance of the birth defect.

Omphalocele Complications

Fortunately, babies usually make a full recovery from an omphalocele birth defect. However, a quarter to a half of the occurrences of omphalocele are accompanied by additional congenital malformations including heart defects. Another possible complication is the risk of intestinal infection or tissue death from the exposure of internal abdominal organs.

Omphalocele Legal Help

Birth defects can affect a child’s development and abilities dramatically. Recent research suggests that pharmaceutical drugs are a major contributor to birth defects. Oftentimes, pharmaceutical companies are aware of the adverse side effects of their drugs but make efforts to conceal or downplay the facts in order to boost the reputation of the drug or to rush the FDA approval process. Unfortunately, this results in incomplete or misleading information available to consumers regarding possible side effects. Drug manufacturers have the responsibility to make sure that information regarding both the benefits and dangers are available to consumers. If you took pharmaceutical drugs during pregnancy and your baby was born with birth defects, you may qualify for lifetime care. Only with the expertise of an experienced defective drug lawyer can you properly prepare to stand up against pharmaceutical companies in the court of law.

The goal of defective drug lawsuits and class action lawsuits is to fight for compensation of medical and emotional costs incurred as a result of a birth defect. The other purpose of filing a lawsuit is to hold billion dollar pharmaceutical companies accountable for the dangerous side effects of their products and ultimately prevent future birth defects. Free claim reviews are available in order to find out options to fight for the compensation you deserve.

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