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Abdominal Wall Defects

Abdominal wall defects consist of various defects that affect the stomach, intestines or other organs. They often are detected before a baby is born and are either treated in utero or after birth. Learn about these abdominal wall defects, how they are diagnosed and what treatment options are available. 

Bladder Exstrophy

Body-Stalk Anomaly

Cloacal Exstrophy

Ectopia Cordis



Pentalogy of Cantrell


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Baby to Go Home After Nearly a Year in the NICU

Evelyn Steppig was born with omphalocele, a birth defect of the abdominal wall, and spent the first eight months of her life in the NICU. The Steppig family credits the nurses and staff in the NICU with keeping Evelyn alive and happy. "They loved our daughter like she was their daughter," said Salem Steppig, Evelyn's mom.