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Abdominal Wall Defects

Abdominal wall defects affect the stomach, intestines and other digestive organs in a developing fetus. They often are detected before a baby is born and can be treated in utero or after birth.

At the Colorado Fetal Care Center, we have a dedicated team of fetal care specialists who are well-acquainted with a variety abdominal wall defects. Thanks to their extensive knowledge and multidisciplinary approach, we are able to improve outcomes for babies diagnosed with these conditions.

Learn more about different abdominal wall defects and how we diagnose and treat them in our center:

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

April 6, 2017

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.